Convicted sex offender jailed – after going to over-50s walking football session at leisure centre.
Convicted sex offender Peter Wynne has been locked up for four months – after attending an over-50s men’s walking football session at a leisure centre.
The 53-year-old is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed in 2004 which prevents him going to places where children might be present.
But he was spotted by a police officer at Dimensions Leisure Centre, in Burslem.
Subsequent investigations found he attended the centre on Tuesdays to accompany men playing over-50s walking football.
Now Judge David Fletcher – who handed out the jail term – has suggested the SOPO should be reviewed.
Wynne, of King William Street, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to breaching the SOPO between October 1, 2016 and May 24, 2017. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he has several previous breaches of the order – including in 2014 when he was jailed for playing tennis in Bucknall Park.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said there was no suggestion the defendant had paid any attention to children during his visits to the leisure centre.
Mr Holt said: “He was there with two people from The American Clubhouse, in Cobridge. He has been attending there and helping out. He accompanies two people with mental health problems to go to walking football for the over-50s. That was the reason he was there.
“He has a difficult relationship with the officer who supervises him. He did not feel he could tell her he was there. It is 20 years since the substantive offence with no substantive contact offences since then. This order needs to go back to court to be reviewed.”
The defendant was jailed for an indecent assault in 1987 and for indecent assault and gross indecency with children in 1996.
Jailing Wynne, Judge Fletcher said: “This SOPO was made many years ago and perhaps it is the time for there to be some form of review.”
But he added: “You should have realised the leisure centre is used by a myriad of young children for all sorts of activities. It is inevitable if you were going in public areas there would have been some contact with children.”
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A PAEDOPHILE was in the early stages of grooming children when he was seen by an off-duty police officer at a playground, a court heard.
Peter Wynne, aged 46, of The Boulevard, Tunstall, was handed a sexual offences prevention order for an indefinite period in July 2004 which prohibited him from engaging in conversation with under-16s, or associating or befriending them.
But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Wynne struck up a relationship with a vulnerable mother-of-two last February.
He started frequenting a playground at Brampton Park in Newcastle, which the woman and her children often visited.
Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin said: “He would arrive at the same time, often about 5pm, and start to play with the children.
“One onlooker recollects being slightly concerned as he joined in.”
The court heard on October 31 the defendant saw the woman and her children in Newcastle town centre and gave the youngsters presents.
The next day, he met them at the play area.
“He played with her son on the soft area,” said the prosecutor. “A police officer from the public protection unit was there in a private capacity. She recognised the defendant and immediately took action to separate him from the family and he was taken him into custody.”
Wynne answered no comment to all questions in his police interview, but pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to four charges of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.
The court heard his previous convictions include indecent assault on a child and gross indecency with a child. He also failed to comply with the sex offender notification requirements and has previously breached the sexual offences prevention order.
His counsel David Bratt acknowledged the breaches crossed the custody threshold.
Mr Bratt said: “He does not appreciate the magnitude of the situation he finds himself in, but he accepts he was wrong in what he did.”
Judge Paul Glenn said the law did not allow him to pass the sentence he felt Wynne deserved and jailed him for two-and-a-half years.
He told Wynne: “You befriended this vulnerable woman. Your behaviour gave cause for concern.
“I have to deal with you for repeated and clear breaches of the sexual offences prevention order.
“The probation officer says your behaviour shows you are clearly seeking out contact with and the company of young children and this can be viewed as the early stages of grooming.
“You represent a continued risk of contact offences against children.
“You are cunning and manipulative.”
The maximum sentence a judge can pass for these offences is five years, but Judge Glenn said he had to give Wynne credit for his guilty pleas.
“I cannot by law impose the sort of sentence I think you merit, reflecting the danger I think you represent,” he said.
“The sexual offences order will remain in force. If you continue breaching it, the sentences will get longer and longer.”