December 2018

Burnley sex offender did not tell police he was living with young child

A convicted sex offender stayed at a house in Nelson, where a young child was present and didn’t tell the police, a court heard.

Anthony Herdman was supposed to tell officers if he had contact with a youngster for more than 12 hours.

The 24-year-old was on the sexual offenders’ register, after being convicted of sexual assault in 2016, Burnley magistrates were told.

Miss Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said police went on an unannounced visit to Herdman’s home in Burnley and were told by his father that he had moved out and was living at an address in Nelson.

Officers went there and spoke to him and he confirmed he was living there. Miss Akhtar continued: “It was then discovered there was a young child at that address.”

The defendant, of Hart Street, Burnley, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sexual offenders’ register, on December 3rd.

He was given a six-month community order, with a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and was fined £10.