A CONVICTED sex offender caught accessing Facebook in breach of a court order has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.
Kevin Isham was banned from accessing the internet except on a public library computer as part of a sex offender prevention order imposed on him at Stafford Crown Court in December 2009 following his conviction for making an indecent photograph.
Katrina Wilson, prosecuting, said Isham then moved to Mablethorpe but came under suspicion after failing to inform authorities of his new address.
Officers went to his new home and while there Isham produced a laptop from a box inside the airing cupboard.
Examination of the equipment he had been using showed he had accessed social networking sites including Facebook, putting him in breach of his order.
Investigations showed Isham had lied to obtain his rented home twice telling his landlord he had no previous convictions.
Isham, 48, of Maple Court, Mablethorpe, admitted two charges of fraud by false representation to obtain housing, failing to comply with his sex offenders’ registration order and breach of a sexual offences prevention order and was jailed for eight months.
Recorder Adrienne Lucking told him: “This was a long-term breach of this order. The problem is that social networking sites give you the ability to contact people of all ages.
“It leaves me with absolutely no option but to impose an immediate custodial sentence.”
David Eager, defending, said Isham had been motivated by his need to find accommodation and work, and that Isham was wrong to access the internet from a laptop but had not visited any child porn sites.