December 2017

Sex offender failed to register house move

A REGISTERED sex offender failed to tell authorities he had moved to live with his mother in Lampeter.

Joe Charles Patrick Taylor, 29, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with requirements of the sex offenders register by not registering his address for a five-month period between May and October.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said Taylor was jailed for two years at Swansea Crown Court in 2011 after being convicted of engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl.

As part of his sentence he was ordered to register as a sex offender which included a requirement for Taylor, of Maesyfelin in Lampeter, to register any address where he lived for more than seven days.

However, when police made checks at an address registered by Taylor, they were told by his ex-girlfriend that he had not lived there since May and that he had actually been living with his mother.

Officers were told that Taylor had not informed authorities as his mother was ill and he didn’t want to cause any problems for her.

Taylor told officers that he had thought he was “doing the right thing” by not registering the address, but now accepted he had not been.

Ms Tench said Taylor’s failure to register the address was a deliberate failure over a period of five months, with Taylor having already been cautioned in June for failing to comply with requirements.

She said that during earlier discussions with officers, Taylor had said he was considering moving in with his mother, but had not confirmed that and was only considering it.

Defence solicitor Kevin Williams said Taylor had not been trying to avoid the authorities as he had been “living openly” in Lampeter instead of the registered address in Tregaron, but that he had thought that formally registering the address in Lampeter might cause issues for his mother.

He said that Taylor had not committed any offences in that time, other than the technical offence of failing to register the address and said that would normally have been dealt with by a caution if Taylor hadn’t already been cautioned.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until 7 December to allow a pre-sentence report to be completed.