Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man Kept His Past a Secret

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Man Kept His Past a Secret

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A SEX offender has been hit with tough curfews after he repeatedly breached an order designed to protect children. Andrew Gill was invited into the home of a family, which had children, and did not tell them of his convictions. Gill went to a dinner and barbecues, where he chased and played with the children, Teesside Crown Court heard.

No harm came to the children but Gill, 25, fell foul of a court order by keeping his convictions secret.

A sexual offences prevention order banned him from associating with under-18s unless supervised by an adult aware of his record.

"Nobody knew," prosecutor Rebecca Brown said. "The breach is his failure to let anybody know he had this conviction."

He was given the order in November 2006 almost three years after his conviction for sex offences.

He was 19 in January 2004 when he pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and was given a community rehabilitation order. …

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