August 2022

Wallsend sex offender back in court after setting up Facebook account in fake name

A sex offender has landed himself back in court after he set-up a Facebook account in a fake name.

Joseph Tudor, also known as Albert, was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register in 2017, which means he must abide by a number of rules.

One of those rules is that the 42-year-old must tell police of he uses a different name, including online.

However, in March this year, while officers performed a routine review on Tudor, they found he’d set-up a Facebook account under the name Joe Virgo, a court was told.

The account landed Tudor, of Bewicke Road, in Wallsend, back in the dock for failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register. He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said officers conducted the review on March 25 this year.

Mr Anderson continued: “He’s set-up a Facebook account using a false name. He’s subject to notification requirements and an annual review by police as a result of his past offending.

“As a result of one of those reviews, officers discovered the defendant hadn’t told them that he had set-up a Facebook account in the name of Joe Virgo, which, of course, he ought to have done.”

When interviewed, Tudor said he had been “absent-minded” when setting up the account and had forgotten to tell police.

The court heard that Tudor created the account as he was getting death threats on an old one in his real name and had chosen to use his zodiac sign as his surname.

District Judge Kate Meek decided she needed a pre-sentence report before she finalised the case and adjourned it until September 6.

Tudor was released on bail to appear back before the same court on that date.

Tudor was previously convicted of racially/religiously aggravated common assault