November 2016

Teenage sex offender given banning order

A teenage sex offender came under police suspicion after being released from custody in a young offenders institution.

Ryan Fletcher started associating with girls under the age of 16 after he was freed, a court was told. Fletcher, 19, of York Street, North Shore, was put on an interim Sexual Offences Prevention Order by Blackpool magistrates.

Chris Kehoe applied for the order against Fletcher on behalf of Lancashire Police’s Chief Constable.

In February last year, Fletcher was sentenced to 12 months’ detention and training for an offence of penetrative sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl when he was aged 16.

He was also put on the Sex Offender’s Register for three years and six months.

Mr Kehoe told the court: “Since then, his behaviour, the police would say, has been giving cause for concern. He had been associating with girls under 16.”

Defence lawyer Mitch Sarangi did not oppose the interim order on his client’s behalf.

The order will last until January 16, when the case returns to court. The order bans Fletcher from:

  • Having contact with any child under 16, unless it is inadvertent.

  • Undertaking any activity paid, voluntarily or recreational, likely to bring him into contact with children.

  • Having any child enter his address.

  • Using the internet to contact any child under 16.

  • Using any device capable of accessing the internet, unless its history and use is capable of being vetted, and it is made available for inspection by the police.

  • Using any device capable of storing digital images unless it is made available for police inspection.