Louth sex offender (27) jailed for ‘repeated breaches’

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A convicted sex offender who repeatedly breached court orders designed to control his behaviour was jailed for two years at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday (March 9).

Peter Stainton, 27, of Northgate, Louth, created a Facebook account in a false name and used his new identity to befriend single mothers.

Peter James Stainton.

Peter James Stainton.

Stainton, who had previously twice been jailed for breaching a sexual offences prevention order was banned from visiting any house where a child was present.

But on a number of occasions he went to visit young mothers at their homes when their children were inside the property.

He also broke the conditions of being on the sex offenders’ register as he used an alias without previously informing police he was using a different name to his own.

The court was told that Stainton used the name Mike Bateman on Facebook.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said “This is a continued flouting of court orders.”

He said that Stainton’s latest activities came to light when a young mother he became friendly with became uneasy about him

and searched the internet.

The woman discovered information about him and Mr Howes said: “She felt physically sick. She would not have allowed his advances had she known of his history.

Stainton admitted four charges of breaching a sexual offences prevention order on dates in August 2016, December 2016 and January this year. The charges related to his visits to addresses in Lincoln, Louth and Ulceby.

He also admitted two charges of failing to comply with a sex offender’s notification requirement by not informing Lincolnshire Police that he was using an alias name.

Judge Simon Hirst described Stainton as having a “narcissistic personality”.

The judge told him “At some point you will realise that these orders are here to prevent you having anything to do with children.

“The reason they are made is because in 2008 you received a sentence of two years for sexual activity with a child.

“If you continue to think these orders do not apply to you then you will commit offences, come back to court and you will get longer and longer sentences.”

Matthew Rowcliffe, in mitigation, said Stainton had difficulty in accepting he was the subject of the court order but had sought to avoid contact with

children.

“His guilty pleas have avoided any of the complainants having to come to court to give evidence.”