A convicted London Colney sex offender who broke the terms of a court order for a second time was jailed for two years today (Thursday, December 14).
Sean Keane, 60, of Birch Way, London Colney, was caught when public protection officers went to check on him at his home.
Prosecutor Kevin West said that, under the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, Keane was supposed to inform the police if he had a new phone or internet device.
When the officers visited at 4.30pm on May 4 this year, Keane admitted he had bought a new phone a few days earlier from a neighbour. He said he had attempted to call the officer assigned to him, but no longer had his number.
Keane denied having any other devices that could connect to the internet, but when his home was searched, officers found an Amazon Fire tablet that he had not told the police about.
In addition, the officers discovered Keane had been using his mother’s maiden name on Facebook Messenger. Again, he should have informed officers of any aliases he used.
Keane appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching a sexual harm prevention order and for failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements.
In October 2019, he had been jailed for 33 months for breaking a court order within a week of being sentenced, for attempting to communicate with a child and attempting to meet a child after grooming. When the police raided his then home in Hemel Hempstead, they found two phones that he had not registered with the police.
Defending, Alexandra Monaghan said Keane was in ill health and let himself down. She said he had suffered from loneliness and had a traumatic childhood in which he had been abused.
Jailing him, Judge Michael Roques said: “You were previously sentenced to prison for breaching a court order and you wilfully chose to breach it again.
“I am concerned you will commit further offences.”