January 2019

Convicted paedophile accused of breaching court order by contacting young girl

A convicted paedophile has appeared in court accused of breaching a court order after deliberately contacting a young girl.

Ian Michael Churchill, 51, of Hervey Road, Wells, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates’ Court in Yeovil, supporting himself on two crutches.

He was charged that on June 22 last year at Wells he communicated with a person under the age of 16 without the knowledge and prior consent of social services that he was prohibited from doing so by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

Prosecutor Emma Lenanton said the defendant was made subject to the SHPO in September 2017 for five years ordering him not to have contact with any person under the age of 16.

He was also given a crown court suspended sentence order after being convicted of sexual offences involving a minor.

Churchill did not enter a plea to the allegation and the magistrates said the case was so serious that he must be sent to Taunton Crown Court to stand trial.

They adjourned the proceedings until February 25 when he must appear before a pre-trial hearing at Taunton.

In the meantime he was released on unconditional bail.