A judge has jailed a Hove man described as “a prolific and predatory paedophile” for going into a leisure centre where there were children.
Mark Jenks, also known as Mark Brown, had previously been jailed for trying to lure two 14-year-old girls into a sauna at the same leisure centre.
On each occasion he was in breach of a court order and this time he was sent to prison for a total of five and a half years for a series of offences.
His sentence included two years for breaching a sexual offences prevention order at the Sovereign Leisure Centre in Eastbourne. The order was made at Bournemouth Crown Court in 2009.
Jenks, 63, of Brunswick Terrace, Hove, was jailed by Judge Charles Kemp at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (26 April).
The court was told that he breached the sexual offences prevention order eight days before Christmas.
He was also caught using a mobile phone at the wheel of a DFSK Loadhopper in Glynde in January when Sussex Police also found that he had cannabis with intent to supply.
Jenks had been growing the class B drug and abstracting – or stealing – electricity at his seafront flat in Hove.
On Monday he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Jenks has more than 20 convictions for sex offences involving children – boys and girls – dating back to the 1970s.
His previous offences include gross indecency with a young girl in the sauna at Southwick Leisure Centre in 1997. He was convicted of sex offences involving two young girls and, in the same year, indecently assaulting a boy and a girl on the beach at Southwick. He was jailed for two and six years respectively.
Less than a year after he came out of prison in 2002 he was arrested for flashing at a couple of 13-year-olds at Camber Sands, near Hastings.
Under the terms of an order made in 2004 he was banned from every swimming pool and leisure centre in the country. He was told that he couldn’t have any contact with anyone under 18 without police approval.
Two years later at Hove Crown Court Judge Anthony Niblett jailed Jenks for three years for trying to lure the two girls into the sauna at the Sovereign Leisure Centre in Eastbourne.
Judge Niblett told Jenks: “You are a prolific and predatory paedophile … I have no doubt that you are a continuing danger to children.”