November 2011

Sex offender who filmed young girls on beach avoids prison

A convicted sex offender who used his mobile phone to film young girls on a holiday beach has escaped a jail term.

Paul Adams, aged 26, was found with 300 indecent images of children on a laptop after he dropped his mobile phone on the beach and it was handed in to police

Adams was on holiday in Paignton, from his home in Coventry, where he was already taking part in a sex offenders’ programme after being caught ‘flashing’ in a children’s playground. He escaped being sent to jail so he could finish the course, which a judge believes will protect the public from reoffending.

Adams, of Laneside, Willenhall, Coventry, admitted nine counts of possessing indecent images of children and was told to continue a sex offenders course as part of a three-year community programme.

Judge Barry Cotter, QC, decided not to implement a 40-month suspended sentence imposed in January for offences of indecent exposure, for which he has previous convictions. He had already postponed sentence for six months to see how well Adams fared on the course. He amended a Sexual Offences Prevention Order so Adams can work in a shop so long as he does not have unsupervised contact with children.

He told him on Monday: “You have made good progress and shown a commitment to change your behaviour.”