Paedophile jailed to protect young

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A CONVICTED paedophile said to have tried to lure two young Accrington Stanley fans back to his home after games is behind bars for 19 months.

Philip Reece (46) was already the subject of a 10-year sexual offences prevention order, banning him from associating with any child under 18. But Burnley Crown Court was told he had regularly approached two 14-year-old friends at the football, struck up conversation and sought to tempt them to his house with the promise of parties and alcohol.

Police caught the pervert on CCTV at the Accrington Stanley ground “playfully rubbing” his own head against one of the schoolboy’s heads. The hearing was told the teenagers were spoken to by officers and said Reece had told them he could get them soccer badges. One lad claimed the defendant had offered him “booze” disguised in Coca Cola bottles.

The teenager told police Reece, who had seemed friendly at first, became aggressive and had scared him by putting him in headlocks.

The court heard the defendant claimed he had never had a sexual interest in children. Judge Beverly Lunt, who said his flouting of the order was “repeated and persistent” said because of his refusal to accept he had a problem, the only way to protect children from him was to lock him up.

Reece, of Chapel Street, Brierfield, was convicted of allegations of breaching the sexual offences prevention order, between January and September 2011. He has been banned from Accrington Stanley games, both at home and away, while on bail.

Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said the defendant was given the SOPO at Norwich Crown Court in October 2007. He had also been banned from working with children and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Mr Martin Hackett (defending) urged the court to impose a suspended sentence. He said the breaches, while concerning, especially in the light of the defendant’s offending behaviour, did not amount to anything.

Passing sentence, Judge Lunt told Reece he had completely failed to accept his culpability and the blame for what he had done.

She added: “More to the point, you will not accept that you have a perverted attitude towards children. That being so, there is no work that the probation service can do with you.”

“The only way to protect children under 18 from you is to send you to prison.

“There is no question about it.”