Pervert warned offences could lead to jail term

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

An internet pervert who flouted a sexual harm prevention order by deleting the search history on his mobile phone has been warned he faces jail.

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard Christopher Boardwell (34) struck not long after being given the order with a suspended sentence for child sex offences. He had tried to avoid detection by failing to tell the police he had the phone when asked.

The hearing was told how Boardwell had been using the net to go on dating sites and although there was said to be nothing “sinister” on the mobile phone, he was alleged to have been searching how to browse anonymously.

The defendant, of White Grove, Colne, admitted failing to comply with the SHPO on or between October 25th last year and January 19th this year, by failing to disclose the possession of a mobile phone when requested by a police officer. Once it had been produced on January 19th, it was found to have deleted internet history on it.

The court was told in February last year, at Burnley Crown Court, Boardwell had received 18 months in jail, suspended for two years.

He had been convicted of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Boardwell was committed to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on May 9th and was unconditionally bailed. District Judge Alexandra Simmonds asked for a pre-sentence report, which, she said, would look at “ what risk he poses”.

The district judge told the defendant the offence was too serious to be dealt with by the lower court.

District Judge Simmonds, who said Boardwell had breached a fairly new order, warned him: “All sentencing options, including custody, remain open and that is, in fact, the most likely sentence.”