August 2018

Luton sex offender jailed three years for breaching order

A convicted sex offender from Luton has been jailed for three years for breaching a court order by contacting a 12-year-old girl using a secret mobile phone.

Stephen Gill, 27, of Little Berries, was previously jailed for 16 months in January 2016 for sexual grooming and meeting a girl under 16, as well as sexual activity with a child. Gill was placed on the Sex Offender Register and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which imposed strict conditions upon his release from prison.

In October 2017, Bedfordshire Police received a tip-off that Gill had failed to notify them of his new address in Suffolk and that he also had contact with children.

He even obtained an internet-enabled mobile phone and used it to contact a 12-year-old girl on WhatsApp messenger, in direct breach of the SHPO.

On Tuesday, he was found guilty of the offences at Luton Crown Court and was jailed for three years. His SHPO has been extended by a further five years.