Charity hits out at convicted paedophile George Jackson who wanted to keep job as children's entertainer
A convicted paedophile who thought he could continue performing at children’s parties doesn’t accept the seriousness of his offence, says a children’s charity.
George Jackson, who had hoped his singing past would help him wow the judges on the ITV show in 2015, was caught by paedophile hunting group Dark Justice after he turned up to meet a what he thought was a 15-year-old girl he had been talking to online in January last year.
The 71-year-old, who claimed on his profile to be 20 years younger than his true age, turned up to meet the child for "non-penetrative sexual activity" to find the group, who had alerted the police, waiting.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced Jackson, of Ashgill, Albany, Washington, to a community order for two years with mental health treatment and rehabilitation requirements yesterday. The judge said that Jackson must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.
But at his sentencing hearing, defence barrister John Wilkinson asked if Jackson's Sexual Harm Prevention Order could be relaxed to allow him to work as a children’s entertainer.
Children’s charity NSPCC, which aims to prevent the abuse of children, has hit out at the singer for not accepting the seriousness of the crime that he has been convicted of and said it would be inappropriate for him to work around children again.
An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Jackson may not have victimised a real child in this situation, but the intent to do so was genuine.
“The fact that he thought it appropriate in any way to perform at children’s parties suggests he does not accept the seriousness of the offence he has committed.
“We hope Jackson is offered every opportunity to prevent him from re-offending, and to help him understand the damage his behaviour could have done should the victim have been a real 15-year-old girl.
“If anyone has concerns about a child, or has information about offences committed against a child, they can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 for advice and support 365 days a year.”