Portsmouth paedophile jailed after breach of court order

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CONVICTED paedophile Stephen McArthur is behind bars after he ignored the conditions of a court order.

The 43-year-old was given a sex offender’s prevention order in 2007 after being convicted of four counts of gross indecency with a child.

It banned him from being in a house where there were children or having children in his home.

Prosecutor Barnaby Shaw told Portsmouth Crown Court that McArthur ignored the order and befriended a couple with a young daughter.

McArthur would regularly go to their house and they would take the child to his home in Fourth Street, Fratton. The court heard McArthur had previously breached the court order by not notifying the authorities when he moved house.

McArthur was due to attend court on January 10 but he didn’t show up.

When he was brought before Judge Ian Pearson he admitted breaching the order and not attending court.

Jailing him for 15 months, Judge Pearson said: ‘You are clearly a risk to children.

‘Orders of this nature are put in place to protect the public generally and children in particular. They are imposed for a very good reason. You seem to think you are immune.’

He added: ‘These offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be imposed for them.’