July 2018

Sex offender, 25 jailed after appearing back in court

Sex offender Ashleigh Weller has been jailed for ignoring a court order – after asking children if he wanted to take a dog for a walk.

The 25-year-old, of Marsh Street, Hanley, was made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child.

He pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to breaching the order on June 9.

Prosecutor Maggie Meakin said Weller was at a friend’s house when he started up conversation with a neighbour’s children as they played in a garden.

She said: “Ashleigh instigated conversation with the boys. He invited them into the garden and asked if they wanted to come to take the dog for a walk.

“It’s deliberate failure to comply with the requirements of the order.

The offence put Weller in breach of a suspended sentence order. Zoe Leese, mitigating, said Weller had difficulty with grasping the prohibitions of his sexual harm prevention order.

She said: “He is exceptionally vulnerable and therefore I would suggest it would be unjust to activate his suspended sentence.”

However magistrates disagreed, and activated three weeks of Weller’s suspended sentence. They also sentenced him to three weeks in prison – to run concurrently – for the new offence, making a total sentence of three weeks.

November 2017

Pervert, 24, had sex with 14-year-old girl after meeting her on Facebook

Pervert Ashleigh Weller had sex with a schoolgirl he met on Facebook – when he was already on bail for similar offences.

The 24-year-old was sentenced to a three-year community order in January after pleading guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child in 2015.

But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that while on bail for those matters he met a 14-year-old girl on Facebook.

He asked the teenager to perform a sex act on him – and days later they had sex.

Now Weller has been handed another three-year community order because the judge wants to give him a chance to be rehabilitated.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson told the court: “The offences came to light when the girl’s mum saw a love bite on her neck and spoke to her about it. She disclosed what had been happening.”

The court heard the victim believed the defendant was aged 17 or 18.

Weller, of Trentham Road, Longton, pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child.

Recorder Sally Hancox sentenced Weller to the three-year community order, which includes a requirement to attend the sex offender treatment programme. He will be on the sex offenders’ register and will remain the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) until January 2027.