A MUM unknowingly left her paedophile boyfriend alone with her children after he kept his sordid past a secret.
The woman was unaware Richard Oglesby, 22, had been convicted of sex offences involving a teenage girl when they started a relationship, and she welcomed him into her Sunderland home.
Newcastle Crown Court heard it was only after she heard rumours about his background that the authorities became involved and confirmed her worst fears.
Oglesby admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order by having unsupervised contact with children and failing to comply with the requirements of the sex offenders’ register by not telling the police where he was.
He did not face any accusations or charges in relation to his behaviour towards the children.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “There were occasions on which this defendant would stay at her address overnight.
“She has three children under the age of 16 who reside with her at her address.
“In her statement, she said that the defendant had been left in the address with them without her supervision on a number of occasions, albeit, she states, that was never longer than for 20 minutes or so.
“She was not aware of his previous convictions.” Recorder Henry Prosser gave Oglesby, of Birrell Street, Sunderland, a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years, with supervision and programme requirements.
The judge said the offences were “very serious matters” but added that the contents of reports he had consulted meant Oglesby could go free.
The judge gave Oglesby a stern warning about what would happen if he offended again, however.
He said: “If it were to be a sexual offence you committed, you know perfectly well where you will be going, and will be going for a very long time.”
Oglesby was given the prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders’ register in 2011, as well as getting a community order, for having sexual liasons with a 13-year-old girl he befriended on Facebook.
He had admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming and sexual activity with a child in relation to that case.