Sex offender 'lied to Doncaster mum about his conviction'

A convicted sex offender who sent explicit messages to a 13-year-old girl never told a "vulnerable" new girlfriend in Doncaster about his criminal past, a court heard.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 3:30 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:17 pm

Matthew Hazell began living part-time with the woman, who has a teenage son, in mid-August, and moved in with her in September of last year, prosecutor Louise Gallagher said.

The court heard Hazell looked after the boy on his own and interacted with other children of the same age at Christmas parties before his deception was exposed.

"She said she thought he had cared for her and was scared as to how this would affect her family," said Ms Gallagher.

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Sheffield Crown Court.

"She didn't want social services to think she was a bad mother."

Hazell was initially convicted in July 2013, at Wolverhampton Crown Court, for sending an explicit Facebook message in which he told the girl he wanted to have sex with her.

He received a three year community order and was made the subject of a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order.

He was jailed for 12 months in 2014 when he failed to notify police about a change of address, and fined on his release for the same offence, added Ms Gallagher.

Joy Merriam, mitigating, said there was "no evidence of any improper conduct".

"When he came out of prison he obtained a job and was trying to lead a respectable life, she said. "It was his wish to form a relationship with her and he concealed the fact that he was on on the sex offenders' register."

Hazell, 34, of Welshpool Close, Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching the sexual harm prevention order and failing to notify police.

Judge Sarah Wright said Hazell "grossly misled" a "vulnerable woman", and this was aggravated by his previous convictions.

But she noted his deception came out of a desire to lead a normal life.

On Wednesday, January 22, at Sheffield Crown Court, she handed him a total of eight months in prison.

The judge also ruled the order will continue for the next five years but she will hear an application to vary it.