May 2019

Alec Rivers from Folkestone accused of breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order

A paedophile “relentlessly” tried infiltrating a family’s life to tempt away her young children, a mother has claimed.

She reported Alec Rivers – who was convicted in 2010 for sexually assaulting a minor – repeatedly tried guiding her children to secluded places.

Rivers, of Firs Lane, Folkestone, is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from being alone with a person under the age 18 after being convicted of assaulting a child a court heard.

“When I returned home collecting the children from school he would come and talk to us on the drive way,” the mother told Canterbury Crown Court.

Conversation centred on the weather but progressed to taking her children out to play football or attending high profile matches in London, then also to his home, she told judge Mark Weekes.

“Mr Rivers was interested in football and the conversation would go on from there.

“He started using the children’s football but would later arrive with his own one,” she told Canterbury Crown Court.

“How often would he ask to play football with your children,” asked prosecutor Mark Hunsley.

“Almost daily,” she replied.

She continued: “He asked my son to come to a football match which I said no to – Mr Rivers became quite aggressive.”

“He said I shouldn’t wrap my children up in cotton wool and should let them go away from us.”

The mum, who cannot be named, said there was “no mention” of herself or her husband being invited.

Rivers’ continuous presence outside their home forced the mum to stagger the time-frame when she’d arrive with the children, the court heard.

“It was getting to me, it was getting to the point where I was dreading to go home he was hanging outside our house and beckon my children over, it was relentless.”

During Halloween 2016 she alleged Rivers tried coaxing the children away while they were carving pumpkins and threw sweets onto their trampoline.

“I was in the kitchen and heard my husband say they are not going out to play football they are having family time,” she said.

Accused of eight breaches of his 2010 Sexual Harm Prevention Order, the 49-year-old could be seen shaking his head during the hearing.

The jury has retired to consider its verdict.