A homeless sex offender deliberately texted his victim so he would breach his no-contact order and be jailed in time for Christmas.
Jake Jones, 36, has been jailed for eight months after making the ‘deliberate breach, despite knowing his actions could cause severe emotional distress’.
He was handed a sexual offences protection order under a different name in March 2014.
It came after he was found guilty of sexual assaults against a child under 13, sexual activity with a child under 16 and causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
On December 24 last year, Jones called a detective involved in the case to say he was no longer living at his former home on Anlaby Road, in Hull, Yorkshire.
The registered sex offender told the officer he had tried to find emergency accommodation but was refused because of previous issues in a hostel.
He had been without a roof over his head for five days at this point.
Jones then called again to say he was handing himself in for contacting his victim.
Prosecutor Michael Masson told Hull Crown Court: ‘It was a deliberate breach. The defendant has contacted the victim despite knowing that his actions could cause severe emotional distress.
‘It was targeting of an individual that the order was designed to protect. It was a deliberate failure to comply.’
Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, mitigating, said it was ‘stupid offending’ caused by Jones not having anywhere to live.
Judge John Thackray KC agreed and told Jones: ‘It was plainly a deliberate breach by you, designed because you wanted to spend some time in custody rather than be homeless.
‘Whatever your motivation, it must have been extremely upsetting for your victim.’
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