Man Jailed for Breaching Sexual Harm Prevention Order

A registered sex offender has been jailed after breaching a sexual harm prevention order and making and possessing indecent images of a child.

Matthew David Worthington, 21, of no fixed address, was sentenced to four years and four months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on 9 July.

Worthington had previously pleaded guilty to nine counts of breaching a sexual harm protection order, one count of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing indecent images of a child.

He was arrested in November 2020.

Judge David Fletcher said:

“The breaches were determined and persistent and took very little note of the warnings of the officers who visited your premises. You thought you were able to confuse them and distract them. You were not. It shows the extensive lengths you went to, to try to avoid the effectiveness of the orders that were put in place to avoid your re-offending.

PC Emma Hughes, of the force’s offender management department, said:

“From the point of his conviction Worthington was allocated to a member of our team to be monitored, meaning they would pay him unannounced visits, check he was not breaching any of his conditions and monitor his electronic devices.

“Worthington is now facing the consequences of ignoring the court order, with a further prison sentence, and he will continue to be closely managed by my team on his release.

“Our team is committed to working with our partners to ensure offenders who pose a risk to members of our communities abide by any restrictions that are in place. If they fail to do so, we will ensure appropriate action is taken.”

Tony Walley
Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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