August 2017

Pottery expert admits breaking sex offender order by having contact with four under age girls

A convicted sex offender has admitted breaking an order to stay away from children by having contact with four under age girls.

Ceramics expert Arthur Puffett, aged 76, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of breaking a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) or the terms of the sex offenders’ register (SOR) when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

The order was imposed in 2009 when Puffett was convicted at Exeter Crown Court of a sexual assault on a girl.

Puffett, of St Efride’s Road, Torquay, admitted five counts breaking the SOPO between 2011 and 2014 through contact with girls under 16 from two families.

Seven of the counts relate to breaking the terms of the SOR by being at the same address as the children without giving full details of his offending to parents and the social services.

He denied two further offences of taking photographs of two of the girls. There is no suggestion the images were indecent and the charges are unlikely to be pursued by the prosecution.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for the prosecution to confirm this decision and to allow a stand down probation report to be prepared.

Puffett is an internationally renowned expert on Wedgwood Pottery who has published books on the history of the company and the porcelain produced from its factory at Etruria, Stoke on Trent.

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