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Paedo jailed after being spotted by the Echo at children's karate class in Luncies Road, Pitsea
A PAEDOPHILE who was exposed by the Echo for breaching an order banning him from getting close to children has been jailed for seven months.
Despite being part of the organisation, which is based at Wat Tyler Country Park in Pitsea, for two years, no one knew he had been jailed in 2008 for grooming and sexually assaulting two boyswhile he was a Scout leader.
Edmeades, formerly of West Road, South Ockendon, who now lives in Bungay, Suffolk, was banned from having any contact with children as part of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
When police raided his house last September they discovered he had further breached it by buying a laptop since his release from jail in 2010 which contained photographs of children taken at Basildon Heritage Club events.
Matthew Bone, mitigating for Edmeades, said: “Basildon Heritage Club is not an organisation which is particularly attractive for children.
“Mr Edmeades was there to get back into the workplace and improve his future employments prospects.
It’s clear he had contact with children, which their parents would never have allowed if they knew the truth about his past, but it wasn’t his aim to gain access to children.”
Further searches of the laptop, which was kept in Edmeades bedroom, showed he had sent a friend request to a 13 year-old boy he met at an Olympic celebration in Wickford.
During an appearance at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, Judge Jonathan Black sentenced Edmeades to seven months in prison after he admitted three breaches of the order.
A new order, which will run until 2023, was also issued.
Addressing Edmeades, Judge Black said: “You were made subject to a sexual offences prevention order for sexual assaults on children and having indecent images of them.
“You must have known there was a risk of you being involved with children through your voluntary work but you still continued to take that risk. You are in denial about the risk you pose to young children and for that reason there are no community based alternatives acceptable to me.”
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