Delivery driver who hid rapist past from new lover jailed

A delivery driver has been jailed for failing to comply with sex offender register rules – and after lying about his rapist past to a new lover.

Deliveryman Andrew Ronald Hodgson, 53, failed to update his address with authorities after moving to Llandudno Junction in Wales and had been living under the false name of Mark.

He had been jailed in 2000 for rape, was using the alias 'Mark Humphries' to hide his past, and is on the sex offenders register.

Hodgson struck up a relationship with a customer when he was masquerading as deliver driver "Mark" – and had used her number to text her before they became involved.

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His new girlfriend grew suspicious, however, when he began asking her to have sex with other men.

NorthWalesLive reports his lover then directly asked him if he had any past convictions, and he denied it.

He claimed he used his fake name because he had been married before and wanted to make a fresh start.

But he was jailed for 30 months on Friday in Caernarfon crown court today after he confessed to breaching an order to inform police of any changes of address he’d had following his 2000 conviction.

Prosecutor Sarah Badrawy said Hodgson had confused his customer when he initially contacted her via text using the name "Andy" only to later refer to himself as "Mark".

The woman asked who the messages were from and Hodgson went on to say his name was Mark and "Andy" was his friend.

Badrawfy said: "He told the police of the change of address but not the alias he was using. The matters came to light when social workers and officers began to check the address."

Hodgson had been handed a seven year and nine month prison sentence for rape offence in July 2000, and was found to have breached the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed at the same time twice in 2008.

Judge Nicola Jones ruling a guilty verdict blasted Mr Hodgson for claiming he had changed his name to hide a past marriage, ruling: "You tried to paint yourself as the victim but I am satisfied you acted in a predatory manner.

"This is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate. The aggravating features outweigh the mitigation by some distance."

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