"The deleted search history from the mobile placed him in breach"
Sex offender Mohammed Majid was handed a 12-month community order after he admitted failing to comply with the sex offenders’ register rules.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that the 24-year-old from Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, was placed on the register for 10 years in 2017.
He had groomed an underage girl online before attempting to meet her at Central Forest Park in Hanley.
However, when he arrived, he was met by paedophile hunters from Creep Catchers UK.
He was arrested and sentenced to a three-year rehabilitation order and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) after pleading guilty.
But months later, he breached the SHPO and the terms of the sex offenders’ register.
Officers searched his home and found multiple devices which were capable of accessing the internet. They found he had deleted the search history from his phone which placed him in breach of the SHPO.
Prosecutor Denise Fitzpatrick explained that as part of the SHPO, Majid must not use any device capable of accessing the internet unless he notifies the police.
She stated that the police visited his home in October 2017 to ensure that he understood the requirements of both orders.
During a routine visit to his home in January 2018, officers seized his phone after they believed he deleted his search history.
He breached the sex offenders’ register on March 29, 2018, after he failed to notify the police about two bank cards.
Miss Fitzpatrick said: “He was found to have had possession of an iPad, PlayStation 4 and a mobile capable of accessing the internet.
“The deleted search history from the mobile placed him in breach of the SHPO.
“He breached the sex offenders’ register by using a dating website under an alias name and by being in possession of two bank cards without notifying the police.”
The sex offender admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.
At Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, prosecutor Peter McCartney said:
“His offender manager contacted him to inform him he had missed the date. After that, he completed the annual notification.”
Mohammed Majid was handed a 12-month community order. In addition, he must also complete 60 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Paul Glenn told Majid: “I accept the reason you failed to comply with the condition of annual notification was because you forgot.
“If you keep messing up these orders you will end up in custody.”
Mohammed Majid was ordered to pay £300 in costs.