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Workington sex offender breached order by playing football with boy

Carlisle Crown Court

A CONVICTED sex offender who breached a court order by playing football, unsupervised, with a child has been sentenced by a judge.

Jonathan Lewis Fell, 22, was originally sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court in December, 2018, for six crimes. Three involved causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Fell’s punishment was a three-year community order. He was also required to attend a sex offender treatment course and made subject to the strict terms of a five-year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), one condition banning unsupervised contact with any child aged under 18.

But Fell flouted that order during May, 2019, by playing football, unsupervised, with a teenage boy outside a West Cumbria house to which he had been invited for Sunday dinner.

Fell, of Wastwater Avenue, Workington, appeared in front of a judge to be sentenced having admitted breaching both the SHPO and the community order.

Judge Nicholas Barker, who heard Fell suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, imposed a four-month jail term for breaching the SHPO but observed that, having been remanded in custody since August, the defendant was likely to be released imminently or immediately.

“The point of these orders is that they are there to protect others. That is why they must be adhered to,” stated Judge Barker, who also imposed 25 days’ rehabilitation for  Fell flouting the community order.

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