February 2022

Burton pervert with ‘sexual interest in children’ sent back to jail

A Burton pervert with a “sexual interest in children” has been sent back to jail.

Appearing at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday, February 17, Robert Clay, of Alexandra Road, Winshill, was accused by prosecutors of “driving coach and horses” through previous court orders.

They had banned him from having an unmonitored internet-enabled device and deleting any internet history.

On top of these breaches, he was also found to have made several indecent images of children – an offence he had been previously jailed for.

The 29-year-old had also be recalled to prison three months after his initial release in 2018 for breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to 32 months in jail after admitting seven charges of breaching his 10-year order again; and three charges of making 15 indecent images of children, all between 2019 and 2020.

The court heard that two of the terms of his sexual harm prevention order were that he was not allowed access to the internet without installed computer monitoring software – and was not allowed to delete his internet history.

Simon Rippon, prosecuting, told the court Clay initially had contacted his police risk assessor on February 2020 to inform her he had bought a new phone and given his old one to an uncle and had completed a factory reset – deleting all its memory.

During her checks, it was revealed that he had several social media accounts, and had recently purchased an Xbox console which connected to the internet and contained a deleted message.

On a house visit, Clay showed the risk assessor his Xbox for analysis. She then found a handheld CB radio under a blanket which was internet enabled, as well as a laptop and a tablet.

Mr Rippon said: “These were found by officers rather than the defendant telling them they were there.”

The laptop had a hard drive cleaner installed and showed a private browser had been used.

In August 2020, he called his risk assessor again to say he had a new phone. She checked it and found “disturbing” terms used such as “nudist beach family”.

Mr Rippon said: “He was arrested and in his police interview made full admissions to the breaches and making the images.

“He made plain his continued sexual interest in children and circumventing his court orders to satisfy his sexual interest in children.

“The fact he was driving coach and horses through his sexual harm prevention order means he poses a very grave risk to children.”

Judge Graeme Smith told Clay: “You have been open about the fact you have an ongoing sexual interest in boys but you have shown risk by breaching your order.

Clay was jailed for 32 months and his sexual harm prevention order will now be indefinite.