Paedophile who slept on streets of Portsmouth returns to jail

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A PAEDOPHILE who failed to alert the authorities about where he was living is back behind bars after being caught talking to a young girl.

Levi Paige, 48, was sleeping rough in Portsmouth after being released from prison on licence when he was caught.

He had been out of jail for about a month after serving a six-year sentence with an extension of five years for a number of counts of sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 16.

One of the conditions of his release was to notify the relevant authorities as to where he was living.

But he failed to do so – and was then spotted trying to talk to a young girl.

The alarm was raised after the girl told her mum a man who told her he was homeless had been asking her questions.

She saw him the following day on her way home from school.

The police were alerted on October 15 and officers discovered Paige, of no fixed abode, had not been signing on the Sex offenders’ Register – which he is required to do by law.

Paige was arrested and later admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Simon Moger, defending, said: ‘He can’t get an address and he left Wandsworth in September of this year and was homeless, sleeping rough between mid-September and when he came to the police’s attention in Portsmouth.

‘That appears to be the reason for the number of offences that he has.’

Paige – who has 36 previous convictions for 93 crimes – was jailed for 30 weeks.

He was ordered to pay £100 to a fund for victims of crime at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Judge Sarah Munro QC, sentencing, said: ‘You are clearly totally unwilling to follow the rules.’

The judge added: ‘Even if you do lead a life which means you do travel round the country, your obligation remains to go into a police station and say you are in the area.’