Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paedophine Back Behind Bars Where He Be Longs; despite a Court Order, He Contacts Fellow Sex Offender

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paedophine Back Behind Bars Where He Be Longs; despite a Court Order, He Contacts Fellow Sex Offender

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

PAEDOPHILE Eric Carr is back behind bars after chatting to other perverts just hours after being freed.

The serial sex offender was banned from contacting others as part of a court order.

But hours after being released from his latest prison sentence, he was talking with one on the phone, and police later found a notebook in his bedroom with the names and number of others.

When he appeared in court charged with breaching the terms of his sexual offences prevention order, Carr, 54, argued the conversation was perfectly innocent.

His barrister said he had been in and out of jail for so long, the only people he knew were other sex offenders.

Carr, who has a history of sex attacks against children dating back to the 1970s, was made subject of a sexual offences prevention order by Gateshead magistrates in January 2009.

And one of the eight terms of the indefinite order was that he is forbidden from contacting any convicted sex offenders.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard how he told a member of staff at the hostel where he was staying he had spoken to another former resident, on the phone.

Debbie Breen, prosecuting, explained: "He was released on March 22.

"The following day he mentioned in passing to a member of staff he had been talking to a former resident who is a known sex offender.

"That male has admitted he was contacted out of the blue by the defendant.

"Following his arrest his room was searched and a notebook containing a number of contact details of other sex offenders was recovered.

"During interview he admitted contacting the male and two other known sex offenders."

Richard Copsey, defending, told Judge Brian Forster that Carr, formerly of Gateshead, did not have any friends that are not sex offenders.

And he said the purpose of the call was entirely innocent and had been to get advice about buying a caravan and starting a new life somewhere else. …

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