May 2019

Jail for sex offender who failed to tell police about trip away with woman and teenage girl

A 61-year-old man spent a weekend away with a woman and a teenage girl – without telling the youngster’s family he was a convicted sex offender, a court heard.

Alan Pearson, of Earl Street, Flint, was jailed for a year at Mold Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to failing to comply with notification requirements.

Judge Niclas Parry said Pearson, who has changed his name, became friendly with the girl’s family.

The judge said nothing untoward happened but the case was “all about risk.”

Judge Parry said: ”I accept there was no actual harm or distress caused to the girl.”

He said Pearson’s behaviour amounted to “grooming.” 

The teen’s father told the judge that Pearson had come across as “nice” but some of his behaviour had caused concern and when he discovered his criminal past it came as a shock.

Pearson had wanted children to go in a paddling pool with him, he alleged.

Pearson told Robin Boag, defending, that he slept in a tent and the females in a car on the two-night trip away in Lincolnshire. He hadn’t invited the girl, he maintained. 

The defendant disputed a prosecution suggestion that he had a “warped” view about appropriate sexual behaviour.

Mr Boag said Pearson hadn’t committed sexual offences against children and he wasn’t charged with grooming. He’d failed to notify police about two days.