A child rapist breached his sex offenders order when he became friendly with a family with young children, a court heard.

Michael Brennan, 60, was banned from having unsupervised contact with children for life when he was convicted of raping a teenage girl in 2007.

But in 2018 Brennan, of Lytham Road, Blackpool, became friendly with a woman he met in a bar.

The mum-of-three came to see him as a grandfather figure after her own grandad passed away the previous year.

But Brennan’s disturbing past came to light when she searched his name on Google and came upon a newspaper article outlining his crimes.

The woman contacted police who confirmed Brennan was the man in the story.

Neil Ronan, prosecuting, said: “On being told, she was in complete shock and started to fear for what may have happened once the defendant had contact with the children.

“If she had known he was a registered sex offender there is no way she would have allowed him into the family and have unsupervised contact with the children.

“She is concerned he was not honest about his past and should have told her.”

The court heard on one occasion Brennan took one of the children on an unsupervised trip to B&Q.

The child’s mum had taken a sweet photograph of the pair and posted it on Facebook, the court heard.

Brennan was interviewed by police and denied he had been alone with any of the children.

However he later pleaded guilty to breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Amanda Johnson, defending, said: “He knows it is a serious matter. There is no suggestion that the defendant had taken any matters further with any of the children.

“The children remain unaffected by the contact they have had with him.”

Judge Simon Newell sentenced Brennan to six months, suspended for 12 months with 20 days rehabilitation requirement.

He said: “In this particular case you should have made disclosures. One can  understand why you didn’t.

“The concerns are that it can pass over to (this mother) and others who may find out about your history and be very, very upset about it. 

“They place trust in you and it is not an informed trust. They don’t know the full story.”

The judge also made a restraining order banning Brennan from having any contact with the family for two years.

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