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Paedophile Kris Alexander breached court order by baby-sitting children
8:40am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
A CONVICTED paedophile defied a court order by baby-sitting three York children, York magistrates heard.
Kris Andrew Alexander lied to the parents of a 15-year-old girl and hid his sex offender’s background when they realised he and their daughter were spending time together, said Gill Sandall, prosecuting.
They trusted him so much, they allowed him and her to look after their younger children while they went out for a meal, she said. He had already taken their daughter into York city centre alone.
Defence solicitor Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks said there was no suggestion it was a sexual relationship, and Alexander had not realised he was breaking the court order when he took their daughter by bus into town.
Alexander, 26, of Carnot Street, off Leeman Road, York, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO). The order was made at Leeds Crown Court on August 2010 when he was jailed for engaging in sexual activity with a child aged under 16.
Magistrates adjourned his case until January 28 while probation officers prepare a pre-sentence report. They decided their maximum powers of 12 months in prison were sufficient and declined to send him to Crown Court for sentence.
Police had sent Alexander to court in custody, but magistrates released him on bail on condition he lived at his home address, did not contact prosecution witnesses and co-operated with the probation service.
Ms Sandall said Alexander claimed the mother knew of his sex conviction, but not the SOPO which prevents him being with anyone under 16 unless he is being supervised by an adult with full knowledge of his sexual past.
The mother told police the daughter initially told her Alexander was 19 and homeless. But then a phone call from a school warned her Alexander was 26 and she confronted him. Alexander told her he had been in jail, but claimed it was for an offence of GBH committed during a fight.
Ms Robins-Hicks said Alexander had found it difficult to tell the daughter’s parents about his sex offence. He had not intended to breach the order by taking a bus ride with the daughter in December, but the journey was illegal because the bus driver was not told about his sexual past. Alexander had not reoffended since being sentenced in Leeds.