A CONVICTED paedophile who struck up a friendship with a mother of two young children in Bourton-on-the-Water has been jailed.
Christian Gray, 36, of Brook End Street, Ross-on-Wye was sent to prison for 20 months at Gloucester Crown Court after he admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order between April and November last year.
The order was imposed at Swindon Crown Court in April 2018 along with a 14-month jail sentence suspended for 24 months.
Gray had pleaded guilty to attempting to incite children on the internet to engage in sexual activity.
He responded to paedophile hunter groups who posed as children to ensnare potential child abusers between December 22, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
The five offences occurred at a property in Oaksey Road, Swindon.
At Gloucester Crown Court yesterday, prosecuting barrister Janine Wood said; “The defendant struck up a friendship with a woman in Bourton-on-the-Water in October of last year who had two children – a six-year-old son and a ten year old daughter.
“They travelled together along with the children in her car and on one occasion attended a fireworks display in Bourton.
“The defendant and the woman picked up the children from school and this is when social services were informed by the head teacher.
“To be fair the defendant was never alone with the children and this has been confirmed by their mother.”
Defending lawyer Robert Ross said: “The mother was aware of his original offence but it was she who contacted him to re-kindle their friendship.
“She didn’t mind him being with her children and she never left him alone with them.
“The original offence is victimless as no real children were ever involved.”
Gray pleaded guilty to breaching the order when he appeared at Cheltenham magistrates court on May 29, this year.
His Honour Judge Michael Cullum told Gray: “You knew perfectly well that you should not be in contact with the children.
“The terms of the sexual harm prevention order are clear.
“And you had access to a 10-year-old girl in school uniform.
“It is right and proper for me to activate the suspended sentence and also to impose a consecutive sentence for the breach.”