Convicted Stoke-on-Trent sex offender back in jail after befriending woman and her children

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A Stoke-on-Trent man has been sent back to prison after breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Anthony Ainslie, 30, of Eturia Vale Road, Eturia pleaded guilty of being in breach of his order after admitting to being in a two-year relationship with a woman who had children and had failed to notify social services.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he had previously served three years in jail in 2009 for sexual assaults of children and was sent back to jail in 2011 after breaching his prevention order after he was reported talking to two girls.

Ainslie admitted it was only after three months into his new relationship that he disclosed his previous convictions.

Nicholas Tatlow, prosecuting, told the court: “On the 15th July, a member of the public who knew the defendant saw him in a car with a woman and a number of children.

“He knew that by doing so he had breached his sexual offences prevention order.”

When he was arrested, police recovered a number of birthday and Father’s Day cards addressed to him from inside the home, further indicating his relationship with the children.

Mitigating, Robb Glenn told the court: “At no point did Mr Ainslie have unsupervised contact with the children.

“There is perhaps an element of naivety but he will maintain that she was fully aware of his convictions.

“He was 21 when he was first sentenced and has matured somewhat since then but is unable to put the past behind him.”

Since his previous jail sentence, the court heard Ainslie has expressed concern he is effectively being prevented from living a normal life due to the order imposed on him.

Judge David Fletcher said: “It is clear to me you did know what the requirements were of this order and in this case chose not to tell the lady who you were having the relationship with.

“There was clearly contact with the children and you were a person in their lives and were a father figure.

“But there is no evidence that you were improper to these children, just a lack of compliance to that order.”

Ainslie was sentenced to 16 months in prison for breaching the prevention order and failing to comply with it.

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