A convicted sex offender was making friends with Bristol mothers, and their children, without revealing he had previously been jailed for child molestation.
Stuart Rogers was told to abike by a court order concerning any contact he had with youngsters. He was handed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) with a jail term for molesting a child in 2009.
Bristol Crown Court heard the order banned him from having contact with children aged under-16 unless their parents or guardian were aware of the order and his previous offending.
However, in February and June he breached the order by having contact with youngsters without declaring his perverted past.
Rogers, 61, of Wade Street in St Paul’s, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the SOPO.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC jailed him for 18 months.
He told Rogers he had shown “complete disregard” for an order designed to ensure children are not harmed.
The indefinite SOPO remains in place.
Lucy Taylor, prosecuting, said in February Rogers befriended one mum and her boy and girl.
The girl reported how Rogers talked of kissing her on the lips.
A witness aware of Rogers’ SOPO saw him stroking her hair and back in a Bristol park and reported him.
In a second incident in June, Rogers was with another mum and her children and was noticed to be alone with a girl aged four in a park.
Again, the matter was reported.
“He is sorry for the alarm he caused people”
Tabitha Macfarlane, defending, conceded the case was “very worrying”.
She told the court: “He is sorry for the alarm he caused people.
“Nothing of a sexual nature happened with people in this case.
“He is going to change his personality, become more of a loner and just go to the shop and back.
“He expresses a great desire to live somewhere other than Bristol.
“Police and probation will be very much involved in where he lives and what he does.”