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Sex offender Adam Bentley sent back to prison
A SEX offender from York who once conned aviation bosses into thinking he was an industry tycoon – in a scam likened to the plot of hit film Catch Me If You Can – has been sent back to jail.
Adam Bentley, formerly Adam Barraclough, was seen by police in a car with a mother and her young child, York Crown Court was told.
Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, said Bentley was banned from being with the family because he had not told the mother about his sex crimes. She believed he was a professional dancer appearing in a London production, who also taught dancing.
In reality, the 20-year-old conman and child abuser was on parole from a sentence of nearly four years for offences including child abuse, financial crimes, and passing himself off as a model agency so he could sexually assault under-age girls when pretending to measure them.
“She found you a charming and engaging young man, but I am satisfied you are something of a chameleon and therefore a danger because beneath the surface of what appears to be an articulate man lies a very complex sexual history with a number of unresolved problems,” the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told Bentley.
“This was not a trivial breach. There are some worrying aspects to it. You remain a high-risk offender.”
He jailed Bentley for 12 months for breaking a sexual offences prevention order passed in May 2011 that prevents him being unsupervised with any child and only being in the presence of a child with an adult if that adult knows about his sex crimes.
Bentley, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breaking the order, which lasts indefinitely. He is also on the sexual offences register for ten years. The mother has broken off the relationship. Mr Mitcheson said the couple got to know each other when the mother was working at Scunthorpe Railway Station, which Bentley used regularly.
They began going out together, including with the mother’s 20-month-old son. But police became aware of the relationship when Bentley crashed a car during a journey with the woman. He initially refused to give his details, but police managed to identify him and realised he was in breach of the order.
For Bentley, Taryn Turner said the mother had told police Bentley had always been a “perfect gentleman” towards her and never given her cause for alarm about the way he behaved with her child. Bentley had been unaware she had a child at first and had wanted to build their relationship before telling her about his past.
• Bentley’s convictions include an eight-year career of fraud during which he duped aviation bosses into believing he owned his own airline company.