Sunderland sex offender jailed after meeting teenage girl in car park

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A SEX offender who breached an order designed to stop him offending again has been jailed for a year.

Norman Potts, 48, of Featherstone Street, Roker, Sunderland, was given the 15-year order in 2008 after being convicted of sex offences against a child, Durham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said Potts breached the Sexual Offences Prevention Order when he arranged to meet a teenage girl in a car park in Durham City.

“He gave her a present of a dress,” added Mr Newcombe. “The meeting came to light when the girl’s mother saw the package and wondered where it had come from.”

Potts admitted breaching the order.

Tony Cornberg, defending, said in mitigation: “While this was a breach, it was not a sexual breach.

“Since 2008, Mr Potts has undergone sex offender treatment programmes which have done their job because there has been no further sexual offending.

“Having said that, he should have known better and now realises exactly what the order means.

“Mr Potts currently has a job at a car auction and a settled address. Both of these will be lost if he is sent to 

Judge Simon Hickey jailed Potts for a total of 12 months.

The judge told him: “I have taken account of what has been said on your behalf, and that you will lose your job and accommodation if you go to prison today.

“But in my judgment this was a serious breach.

“You well knew what you should and should not be doing.

“The order is designed to protect vulnerable victims, such as children, and like all court orders, it must be obeyed.”

Judge Hickey reminded Potts the order remains in force until 2023.