Repeat sex offender re-sentenced over schoolgirl assault

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A SEX offender has been re-sentenced after crimes he had previously committed against children came to light.

Convicted sex offender, Alan Hawkins, was jailed for three years in March after being caught with sickening child porn at the hostel he was staying at in Pennywell.

It was just days after being released back onto the streets after serving time for previous sex offences.

However, at the time of his sentencing, Judge James Goss had not been aware of the extent of Hawkins’ previous offending, which included the indecent assault of a schoolgirl in 1997.

After being made aware of the 48-year-old’s disturbing record, Judge Goss ordered the case to be re-listed.

Calling Hawkins a “serious risk to small children,” Judge Goss added a four-year extension licence on to the three years custody, meaning the pervert will be closely monitored for that period after he is released.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Hawkins had served 18 months for assaulting a girl under 14, which had not been taken into account at the sentencing last month.

In 2008 he received a five-year prison term for distributing child pornography.

Hawkins was released from this sentence on January 10, last year.

But only seven days later, staff at the hostel he was staying at in Sunderland, found a mobile phone containing images of youngsters being abused.

He admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children, and one of possessing indecent photographs of children.

Peter Schofield, defending, said: “He’s an individual who clearly has a problem that needs to be addressed.”

Judge Goss replied that previous orders had been made, but Hawkins still “retains an unhealthy interest in child pornography.”

He told Hawkins: “These recent offences are part of an established pattern of sexual offending which has remained untreated.

“You take great risks in order to offend. I am satisfied there is a strong risk of serious harm to the public, namely small children, for further offences.”