September 2018

Sex offender Douglas Grey, 60, jailed for breaching his order by living with children

A sex offender has been jailed after he breached an order by living with an unsuspecting mother and her children.

Douglas Grey, 60, was given an eight month jail sentence, suspended for two years, in September 2017 for making an indecent photograph of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

As part of the Sexual Harm Prevention Order he was subjected to, Grey was told he must annually register his address and tell police if he was staying somewhere for more than seven nights.

Giles Bridge, prosecuting at Bradford Crown Court, said Grey, of Queens Road, Bradford, lived with a woman and her children for six to eight weeks and failed to mention it to officers.

He also failed to mention the fact he was a sex offender to the woman, who had no idea of his criminal past.

Mr Bridge told the court how the couple met when they were both inpatients at Bradford Royal Infirmary and kept in touch.

He added: “They stayed in touch and she took pity on him because she felt he was a lonely individual with health problems.

“He said he was too proud to inform his new friend that he was a registered sex offender.”

Grey was jailed for breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Sex Offence Notification.

Mr Bridge said he failed to register his stay at homes where children were present three times and also invited children under 16-years-old into his home, which were all prohibited under the Order.

Police discovered where Grey was when they became concerned about a photograph of a child they found on his Facebook account.

He posted a photograph of a child in the garden of a home, but were obscured by Gray.

Officers followed up their suspicions which led them to the woman’s home where Grey was living.

He was arrested on August 16 and Mr Bridge said the woman “felt sick” when she found out Grey’s true identity.

Recorder Anthony Hawks told Grey: “What has happened here is that over a period of time you have befriended a woman and kept from her the fact you are a registered sex offender and have effectively set yourself up in her home.

“It is a gross breach of your Order.

“It’s a fact that when residing at her house there must have been occasions when you had unsupervised contact with these children and it goes without saying the distress that lady must have suffered when the police arrived and she found out what you were.”

September 2017

Pervert sent messages to 12-year-old girl called ‘Demi’ on Facebook

An armed Forces veteran who thought he was enticing a 12-year-old girl to perform sexual acts over the internet was actually being duped by a fellow online pervert, a court heard.

Douglas Grey, 59, chatted to someone he thought was a girl called ‘Demi’ on Facebook in September 2015, but the account actually belonged to another man.

Prosecutor Abigail Langford told Bradford Crown Court that Grey was caught after police executed a warrant at the address of the other man on April 8 last year after tracking several social media accounts in his name.

One lengthy Facebook conversation, in which the man posed as a 12-year old, was with Grey, and he was arrested at his home address in Grantham Road, Bradford, the following day.

Miss Langford said Grey sent pictures of his genitals to the account as part of “several pages” of messages.

He was said to have asked ‘Demi’ whether she liked older men, and whether she was wearing any underwear.

Grey also asked who he thought was the girl to send intimate pictures of herself and suggested she go outside to expose herself to strangers.

Miss Langford described the conversation as “very sexual, very graphic in nature”.

She added: “This wasn’t a trap. It just so happened that police found the conversations with this defendant.”

When police arrested Grey, they also found a memory stick in his home containing 13 images of child pornography, some featuring children as young as seven.

The defendant initially told officers his Facebook account had been hacked, but later accepted he had committed the offences.

He had pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

Jailing him for eight months, suspended for two years, Judge Durham Hall told Grey he must complete a rehabilitation requirement of up to 90 days.

He said: “You are motivated to try and identify and address this problem. If there is any backsliding or failure on this order, you will end up back in front of me.”

Grey was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years, and must register as a sex offender for the next ten years.