Pervert was living in Plymouth after going on the run
A sex offender who attacked a schoolgirl and a woman was discovered living with a family in Plymouth after going on the run.
Daniel Lomas was jailed in 2008 after being convicted of two charges of sexual assault, and later made the subject of detention for public protection.
The sentence is targeted at serious offenders who are thought to be an ongoing risk to public safety.
But Leeds Crown Court heard that Lomas, 32, breached his sentence in 2018 and was at large for more than three years
Prosecutor Matthew Moore-Taylor said: “He was released from HMP Risley in 2018 and was at Ashdene Hostel in Wakefield.
On the 20th October 2018 he registered at that address and was there and subject to curfew and the police could track his movements.
On 23rd December 2018 he returned to the hostel for 15 minutes or so and left and told staff he was going to buy cigarettes.
“He hadn’t returned by 27 December 2018 and fell foul of his notification requirements.”
In May this year, West Yorkshire Police released an appeal asking anyone with any information on Lomas’ whereabouts to come forward.
They said at the time he had links with Manchester, Lancashire, South Wales and London and added that he “could possibly be working on fairgrounds.”
Mr Moore-Taylor said that after spending time in the “countryside,” in 2020, Lomas began a relationship with a woman in Plymouth and moved in with her and her three children, all under the age of 18.
He was arrested on June 11 this year.
The prosecutor said: “He was interviewed on 21st June 2022 and gave a full no comment interview but gave a pre-prepared statement accepting the breaches.”
Mr Moore-Taylor said Lomas had 25 previous convictions for 45 offences, including another breach in 2018 for which he was given a six-month conditional discharge.
Recorder Mark McKone QC jailed Lomas for 16 months for the breaches and told him: “Three-and-a-half-years is a long period of time of non-compliance indeed.
This is still a category 1 harm case given the nature of the original offences and the nature of the breach.
Not only were you living with three children but were doing so without the police or probation service having any idea of where you were living.”
Lomas will have to go before the Parole Board who will consider if he is safe to release.
He will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Recorder McKone said: “It will be much harder to be released by the Parole Board if you keep demonstrating you can’t keep to the terms of release.”
Daniel Lomas, of Wakefield, found and arrested after appeal
A man who was the subject of a wanted person’s appeal by police and been found and arrested.
Daniel Lomas, 32 and from Wakefield, breached the terms of his release in 2018 after serving a sentence for a sexual offence.
In a statement today, West Yorkshire Police said: “Daniel Lomas, who was the subject of a wanted person’s appeal earlier this week has been located and arrested.