Shane Morgan – Gunnislake
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Sex offender Shane Morgan breached order by going on dog walks with 14-year-old girl
A registered sex offender broke the terms of his order by going for dog walks with a 14-year-old girl.
Shane Morgan, 47, of Prospect Terrace in Gunnislake, appeared at Truro Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to one count of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.
Prosecutor Sally Daulton told the court how in September 2011 Morgan had been sentenced to 14 months in prison at Lewes Crown Court after being convicted of three offences of sexual assault on a female under 13 and another of sexual assault.
After release Morgan was made subject to the sexual offences prevention order which prevented him from being in contact with anybody under the age of 16, unless in the presence of a parent or guardian who had been made aware of his conviction.
Ms Daulton said: “Between June and September 2015 the defendant befriended a young lady who lives with her mum. She placed an advert on social media requesting chicken wire and the defendant responded saying he had some and she could go to his (home) and collect it.
“She did that and they got talking, both had a love of animals and dogs. The defendant over time became friendly with her and her mum and they often walked dogs together.
“He attended their address, became friends with the family and at no stage was the mum told about his past as she should have been.
“On one occasion the girl walked the dogs with the defendant on her own without her mother and returned to his home and went in to have a drink.”
Sentencing Morgan, Judge Robert Linford told him: “In September 2011 you were imprisoned for offences of sexual assault and a sexual offences prevention order was made in your case.
“That order was made and prevented you from contact with a person under 16, save in the presence of a parent or guardian who was aware of your conviction.
“Between June and September 2015 you had unsupervised contact with a person under 16 that you were prevented from doing. You did not inform the mother of your conviction for sexual offending and you went on have lone contact with her daughter, although there was no sexual activity.
“She was 14 when in a deliberate breach you made contact with her. I accept you are of poor health and are a socially isolated individual.
“But it’s illogical not to have the safety of children at the forefront of my mind during sentencing and you chose to defy the terms of your order.”
Despite calls for a suspended sentence and rehabilitation requirement, Judge Linford sentenced Morgan to 12 months in prison.