October 2018

Teenager from Flintshire breached sexual risk order

AN immature teenager has admitted breaching a sexual risk order previously imposed by a court.

Richard Peter Morris, 18, was warned he could have gone straight into custody.

North East Wales Magistrates Court was told that in 2016 he was dealt with at a youth court for possessing indecent images of children.

In view of his age he did not reach the threshold to be placed on the sex offender register.

Due to concerns about his behaviour he was returned to court and a sexual risk order was made with a number of prohibitions.

One of them was that he was not to delete the history of his internet use.

He was not to use social networking sites including online chat facilities unless the police had his log in details.

The Mold court Morris was nervous when officers went to his home in Maes y Coed, Holywell, for a routine visit.

Asked if he was okay he said he was possibly in breach of the order and police found the history of his internet use had been deleted.

He said he was embarrassed at the sites he had visited and had also been on chat sites.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said now Morris was an adult a sexual harm prevention order was being sought.

Emma Simoes, defending, said Morris had admitted to the police what he had done and had shown genuine remorse.

She suggested unpaid work which she said he enjoyed and gave him something to do.

Magistrates said reports showed he did not seem to recognise the harm caused by such offending, which was the underlying issue in his case.

Miss Simoes said Morris lacked maturity, was on the autism spectrum and he had not understood the seriousness of the offence.

“He had not realised that this carries a custodial sentence,” she said.

Magistrates said Morris was mature enough to know to delete the history of internet use.

But Miss Simoes said: “We are living in a different generation now. Kids aged three know what to do with these devises.”

Morris was placed on a two year community order with 50 days rehabilitation and 240 hours of unpaid work.

A new indefinite sexual harm prevention order was made and he was ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 surcharge.

Magistrates said Morris was guilty of a blatant and intentional breach of the original risk order but they had stepped back from sending him into custody so he could work with the probation service to tackle some of his underlying issues.