Hove paedophile back behind bars

Posted On 27 Apr 2010 at 10:06 pm

A Hove paedophile has been sent back to jail after being caught with a teenage girl for the second time.

Craig Dunne, 19, was spared jail in 2008 after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault on children under 13, and instead given a 12 month suspended jail sentence.

However, Sussex Police successfully applied for an order which imposed restrictions on his lifestyle – including not having unsupervised access to children under the age of 16.

Dunne was first caught on CCTV with a 14-year-old girl on February 11 this year, and immediately arrested. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

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On Thursday, he was caught in Brighton with the same girl and hauled before Brighton Magistrates’ Court, where he again pleaded guilty. He is now in prison awaiting his sentencing on May 17.

Detective Sergeant Paul Davison, from Brighton’s public protection unit, said: “Every sex offender is carefully assessed to see what risk they pose to the public and it was clear that this man was likely to re-offend, which is why we applied for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

“These impose specific condition on the offender that they have to adhere to, otherwise they will find themselves back before the court like Craig Dunne.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard added: “Dunne’s second arrest sends out a clear message that we will take action and charge those who break conditions imposed on them – it is our role to keep the public safe and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that happens.”

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