The recent case of a convicted sex offender who moved into the home of a mum has revealed how some paedophiles hide their past.
Andrew Edgson moved in with the unsuspecting mum-of-two from Bootle who was not aware of his sinister past.
When the Bootle mum realised that Edgson, 38, had been convicted and sentenced for serious sexual offences upon a child she was horrified.
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Jailing Edgson for 12 months during a hearing yesterday Recorder David Knifton, QC, said: “The police notified her, to her utter shock and distress, that you had been convicted and sentenced for serious sexual offences upon a child.
“She disclosed that between the date of your conviction - of which she was unaware - and date of sentence - of which she was unaware - you had been living with her and her children.”
Unfortunately, this was not the first time the courts heard how serious sex offenders managed to trick their way into the lives and homes of innocent families.
Jordan Duckworth was locked up for 30 months for two attempted rapes when he was 17 in January 2011.
He has been on the Sex Offenders Register and subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which prevented him from contacting any child under 16 without the written approval of social services.
In March Liverpool Crown Court heard disturbing evidence of how he breached the order.
Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said: "His partner and her child had visited him and they had all three shared a double bed."
Duckworth admitted the breach on February 6, 2017 when he was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months.
However, just two days later he met with another woman and headed to her home, where her then nine-year-old son lived.
Mr Stephenson said it was revealed Duckworth "dropped in" on the woman "most days" and he was jailed for 12 weeks for the breach.
Farrington's home was set on fire after locals discovered that he had managed to inveigle his way into the life of a young woman.
The pervert, originally from Birkenhead, was jailed for three years in 2006, after he admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photos.
On his release, he used the fake name Ronnie Price, met a single mum through a lonely hearts advert, and dated the unsuspecting woman for nine months.
Police feared he was "grooming" her eight-year-old daughter and secured an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) against him in March 2009.
He then started a relationship with a new woman and through her, befriended a couple and their daughter.
It wasn't until May last year that the girl's mum became aware through a Facebook post that Farrington was a paedophile and she reported him to the police.
The court heard how after his arrest, Farrington's empty address on Terret Croft, Stockbridge Village was set on fire.
Judge Anil Murray told Farrington the child's parents were unaware of his past and felt "crushed" and "betrayed" by his lies. He jailed him for 16 months.
King, a convicted paedophile was caught living with his new partner and her children who had no idea of his sinister past.
King was previously jailed last June after he 'disappeared' for seven months.
He was eventually found living a woman and her children after meeting her on a dating app.
King hadn't told the woman about his sickening past and when she found out she was 'angry and disgusted'.
When he was eventually found King was living in Teesside with a woman he had met on a dating app and her children, all of whom had no idea of his sinister past.
He had mentioned to the woman he had been in trouble with the police and had served time, but didn't explain he was a registered sex offender.
A court heard he had placed the children at "serious risk" after being left alone with them "numerous" times.
King, of Grey Road, Walton, admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements and was jailed for one year during a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court in May.
Duncan, 36, was once jailed for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in Scotland.
Categorised as a "high risk offender" he began dating a mum-of-four in St Helens, who had three girls and a boy, all aged under 16.
Peter Killen, prosecuting, said Duncan also stayed at the family's address, which continued until he was jailed in June 2019 for four unsanctioned trips to Amsterdam.
When police searched Duncan's home they found letters including one from one of the girls, who called him her "stepdad".
Duncan, of Bridge Street, Nairn, near Inverness, admitted two counts of breaching his SOPO just a week before a trial.
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Judge Flewitt jailed Duncan for three years and four months during a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court last month.
He asked for the Scottish authorities to be notified, so they can consider extending Duncan's SOPO, which runs until October 2022.
Anyone with information or who wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063, or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.
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