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Sex offender locked up for keeping move quiet.

A SEX offender who didn't tell the authorities where he was living and played down his offences against young girls has been jailed again.

Danny Charlton was locked up for 18 months in 2008 for offences of sexual assault and sexual activity with a child against five girls.

He was given a five-year sexual offences prevention order banning him from associating with children. And under sex offenders' register requirements, Charlton had to tell the authorities of any address change.

Charlton, 23, started living in Stockton with a woman who knew of his convictions, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He did not tell the police or probation about the move.

On July 25 he argued with his girlfriend at the home and assaulted a friend and neighbour who tried to intervene. It emerged that the neighbour had once briefly left Charlton alone with his young son without being aware of Charlton's past, said prosecutor Jacqui Edwards.

Charlton was with the boy for only a few minutes and there was no suggestion anything untoward happened. Charlton, of Victor Way, Thornaby, admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order, failing to make a notification and assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage. His 22 previous offences included assault and failing to register.

Penny Bottomley, defending, said Charlton did not tell police or Probation Service of his new home because he didn't want to lose the security of living there.

The judge, Recorder Peter Johnson, said Charlton committed a "flagrant dishonest breach" of the trust placed in him by the authorities.

Charlton was jailed for a total of 15 months.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2010
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