Freed internet child sex predator targeted fresh victim on Facebook

Kieran Clough
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A SEXUAL predator who walked free from a court targeted another girl over the internet.

Kieran Clough, pictured, was given a three-year community order last year for grooming a 15-year-old girl.

As part of a community sentence, he was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order banning him from contacting girls on the internet.

But in August, Clough contacted a 14-year-old girl on Facebook. Durham Crown Court was told he used a false name, but later revealed his real name and told the girl not to tell anyone about the messages.

The girl did report the messages and Clough, 24, of Wynyard, Chester-le-Street, admitted breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

Tony Davis, defending, said in mitigation: “The original offending was far more serious than this breach. There is a complicated background to this case as a result of Mr Clough’s hearing disability.

“It has been said that has prevented him from developing mentally, which could be why he shows an interest in girls younger than himself.

“His motive in this offending is not clear, there was no sexual content to the messages.”

Clough, who has been behind bars since his August arrest, ws sentenced to a three-year supervision order, including a requirement he undertakes treatment for sex offenders.

He was also made the subject of a new sexual offences prevention order to run for five years.

He must register as a sex offender for the same period.