Man is jailed for breaching sexual offences order

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A MAN who breached his sexual offences prevention order six times has been sent to jail.

Joseph Aquilina appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with six breaches of a sexual offences prevention order.

The 20-year-old was also in breach of two suspended sentences for two counts of assault and one count of criminal damage.

The court heard that Aquilina was given the sexual offences prevention order in December 2012, aged 18, after he had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

The two had consensual sex but when the relationship ended, he texted the girl’s mother telling her what they had done.

He was given the order to last 10 years and a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Then in June last year he was before the court again on two counts of assault on two young boys and one count of criminal damage. Aquilina was living with a family when the mother went out, leaving him in charge of two boys, aged 10 and nine.

The boys threatened to throw muddy water at Aquilina and he hit, kicked and scratched them.

Afterwards he kicked a gate, breaking the bottom panel, as well as hitting a wall.

For these offences he was sentenced to three months in jail suspended for 18 months.

Aquilina, of Trinity Street, Fareham, had breached his sexual offences prevention order by setting up a Facebook page under an alias and using it to speak to teenage girls, although not in a sexual way.

He also breached his order by owning a phone which could access the internet, using social networking apps BlackBerry Messenger and WhatsApp and visiting the house of a friend who had a one-year-old son and the home of another friend who lived with a 15-year-old boy.

Aquilina’s defence said that due to him being on the autistic spectrum, he had very literal ways of thinking and had interpreted the order to mean he could not be around girls.

Judge Jane Miller QC said she was concerned that he had been branded as someone with a sexual interest in children and warned him that he will have to live a very different life to that of his friends.

Sentencing him to a total of 12 months in prison for all the offences, of which he will serve half, she said: ‘You have got a long way ahead of you and you have a lot to resist – not to access Facebook or the internet and not to go into any house where there are children.

‘You have got to take it very seriously otherwise you will keep being brought back to court and you will spend longer and longer inside.’