A convicted Hemel Hempstead sex offender broke the terms of a court order within a week of being sentenced and has been jailed for 33 months.
Sean Keane, 56, received a suspended sentence for attempting to communicate and meet a child after grooming them.
He was told to inform the police if he obtained any devices that could connect to the Internet, but within a week of these terms being places, officers found two phones that police didn’t know about during a raid of his home.
Prosecutor Karl Volz told St Albans Crown Court yesterday(October 24) that the phones found in the raid of his homewas in use from November 3 – a week after he had been sentenced.
Mr Volz said that when the phones were examined, the police found Internet search terms that included words such as “teen”, “schoolgirls” and “Asian teens.” No images had been stored.
Keane, of Gade Tower, Hemel, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
Defending, Stacey-Lee Holland said the breaches had been less serious than the original offence.
She said Keane lived alone and, while on remand in prison, had suffered a mini-stroke and was also treated for two slipped discs.
Judge Michael Simon sentenced him to a total of 33 months. He said Keane must register as a sex offender indefinitely and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
He told him: “The suspended sentence was intended to give you a chance to rehabilitate yourself. Court orders are made for good reason and are to be complied with.”