QUESTIONS have been raised as to why a convicted paedophile was housed on a residential street where families with children lived.
Last week, the Telegraph & Argus reported on the case of 30-year-old David Brown, who was put back behind bars, after breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.
It came three years after he was jailed for vile offences and when his latest offending came to light, concern was raised by a resident of Barnby Avenue, Lower Grange, over why he had been placed on that particular road.
They said the street is “full of kids and teens, it’s a family street” and added: “There were kids next door, over the road and in almost every house.”
Bradford Crown Court heard last week that Brown had previous convictions for possessing indecent images of children, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The Telegraph & Argus reported in 2017 how he looked up train times for a 14-year-old girl to travel from her home in South Wales to meet up with him for sex, telling her to wear her school uniform.
He had also contacted a girl aged 15 “badgering” her for a naked photo
Brown was jailed for four years, ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life and the judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order without limit of time.
Prior to that, in August 2015, he was sentenced to a three year community order for 12 offences of possession of indecent images of children and intimidating a witness in a rape investigation that was later dropped.
He was made the subject of a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register.
The latest offending emerged on his release from prison.
He was placed under police supervision and during a visit to his house was caught trying to delete a photo gallery from a Samsung phone, which contained a significant amount of porn.
It was sent away for forensic examination and there was found to be content which had been deleted in breach of the order.
He had also installed an app called Teen Chat - a messaging app for youngsters between 13 and 19. He gave police a password for the site, but it was wrong, so chats could not be extracted.
Text messages also emerged, which had been deleted, where he had contacted a girl who called herself Emily, who was not identified as a particular individual, but said she was 14 years old.
He told her to keep their conversations a secret and steered it on to sexual matters, asking if she was a virgin, offering to send a picture of his erect penis and asking to her send images of herself topless, which she refused.
Brown was released under investigation and was visited by police on June 12, when officers discovered a Kindle Fire which had been purchased eight days earlier and he had not told police about, again in breach of the order, and which contained different messaging apps.
When speaking with one 14-year-old, he told her he was a 13-year-old boy. He was jailed for a total of four years and was given an extended licence period of four years, which judge Richard Mansell QC said was necessary to protect the public, particularly, young and teenage girls.
In response to the concerns raised the National Probation Service said: “We supervise sex offenders when they are released from prison and the public are safer when offenders have a roof over their head, rather than being homeless. All those we monitor have strict conditions to obey and - as in this case - can be sent back to jail when we catch them breaching them.”
The probation service said multiple agencies, including probation and police, are involved in rehoming and supervising prison leavers in the community and his licence breaches were digital, rather than being related to his proximity to other members of the community.