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Convicted Workington child sex offender jailed for breaching judge’s order

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] CONVICTED child sex offender has been jailed for breaching two court orders.

Richie Townsend, 24, was handed an 18-month prison term by a judge earlier today (THURS).

Carlisle Crown Court heard Townsend had received a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) in 2014. This was part of his punishment for offences which included sexual activity with a child, and banned him from having contact or communication with females aged under 16.

But in March this year Townsend was found by police in the company of two 13-year-old females, and one aged 14. In addition he had previously had contact with a fourth girl.

He admitted four SOPO breaches which meant he also flouted a suspended jail term he received for separate offending last year. This followed his conviction for breaking a man’s jaw with a single punch.

David Traynor, defending, confirmed there had been no sexual approaches to any of the girls involved in the latest criminal conduct.

Jailing Townsend, of Newlands Gardens, Workington, Judge Peter Hughes QC told him he was guilty of a “deliberate and conscious breach of the terms of your order”.

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