September 2018

Convicted paedophile jailed again

A paedophile who has persistently breached an order designed to protect young boys from his “entirely inappropriate interest” in them has been jailed again, this time for 32 months.

Ashley Emmett, 43, of Allerton Road, Girlington, was first convicted of possessing indecent photos of children in 2009.

He was jailed and was made subject to a lifetime sexual offences prevention order.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how Emmett, who is also known as Bradley Ashton-Fernley, first breached the order in 2012 after his release from prison.

Since then he had persistently breached the order and served a number of prison sentences.

The court heard how he was in a cycle of being released from prison, breaching and reoffending and then receiving further jail terms.

At one point in 2015 he had started volunteering with a prison youth project, which allowed him unsupervised contact with boys under 16 – against the order.

However, Prosecutor Alisha Kaye told the court that this time Emmett breached what is now a sexual harm prevention order by failing to notify the police of a new bank card and mobile phone.

She said: “When police visited the defendant’s address on September 4, this debit card was found. The officer also noticed there was a mobile phone box.”

She said Emmett told police he had informed his support workers of the new card and phone, but, she added: “He knew it was his responsibility to notify the police.”

In sentencing, Judge Jonathan Rose told Emmett: “It is perfectly clear that you are a young man who has an entirely inappropriate interest in children.

“The courts have taken steps to protect the public from you, but you continue to have a sexual interest in children.

“You have breached the sexual offences prevention and sexual harm prevention orders made to limit your behaviour.”

He added that he had “no expectation” that a community order would deal with his behaviour, so he was sending him to jail.

Of who to inform about a new bank card or mobile phone, he said: “You have lied about these matters. You know full well it is the police you have to tell.”

He added: “I am firmly of the view that the public needs to be protected from you.”