Sex offender jailed for not telling young mum about his past
A registered sex offender has been jailed after he started a relationship with a mother who had young children without telling her about his past.
Martin Clitherow has three convictions for offences against young girls and was banned from any contact with children by a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
He befriended a mother with two sons aged one and four in Plymouth which carried on for months without her realising that he was a sex offender.
Clitherow was classified as a dangerous offender when he received an extended sentence for his third sexual offence in 2010.
It involved him trying to persuade a woman who he met on the internet to send him indecent pictures of her four-year-old daughter.
His two other convictions, in 2005 and 2006, both involved touching young girls.
He moved to Devon after being freed from a two year, ten month sentence.
His horrified partner only learned the truth about him when he became suspicious of his controlling behaviour and checked his background on the internet, finding a cutting about his 2010 conviction.
Clitherow, aged 51, of Haddington Road, Stoke, Plymouth, admitted six breaches of the SOPO and one of breaching the sex offenders’ register.
He was jailed for a year and three months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.
He told him: ”These were persistent breaches in which you took up with a woman with two children aged one and four.
“As a result of you not her about your past, you breached the order repeatedly and were left in sole care of the children.
“Yes, they were boys, but the longer the relationship went on, the more chance that they would have met up with young girls as well.”
Mr Michael Brown, prosecuting, said Clitherow met the young mother socially and they became friends on Instagram and Facebook before their relationship grew more serious.
He broke the SOPO by staying at her house in Plymouth and by looking after her two boys when she left them at his home. He sent pictures to her on social media of the older lad helping him to fix a jetski.
Mr Brown said:”She did not know about his previous offending. At no point did he inform her.
“She noticed his behaviour towards her over time became more controlling and it led to her conducting a search of the internet.
“It led to her locating a media article about him and she then reported him to the police.”