A mum was left disgusted when she found out that her new boyfriend was a convicted paedophile and only discovered the grim reality when police told her.
Lee Martin’s new girlfriend was horrified after officers told her of the grizzly crimes when they came to her house to look for him.
She was oblivious to the fact that the 32-year-old was a convicted child sex offender who had served a five year prison sentence for a serious sexual assault on a child 10 years ago.
Following his release from jail Martin was subjected to strict conditions meaning he must not have any unsupervised contact with children under 16 unless it was approved by social services and the parents were aware of his convictions.
Martin was not at the address and a neighbor informed them he was living with a woman at another location in Blackpool, according to Lancashire Live.
When the police attended that address, they found Martin in a parked car outside the premises, claiming he was sleeping rough.
He later confessed he had been living with the woman and her children for a few weeks.
The woman told police she had been in a relationship with Martin and he sometimes stayed at her home. When her flat was badly damaged in a fire she allowed him to move in-but she had no idea of his sordid past of him, she said.
“The day I met him I had no idea he was a sex offender. He came across as very loving and caring. He asked me personal questions about my children and their fathers,” she told the court.
“He asked me if I had a family in Blackpool and had a problem with male friends including my child’s dad. I pushed people away because of him.”
The woman said the relationship moved quickly, with Martin asking her to marry him and have a baby. He also asked her to take on a parental role to her children and would take them to school or to the shops to allow her time for herself.
“I felt like my dreams had come true as they needed a father figure in their life,” she said.
Rachel Woods, prosecuting, said there was no suggestion any physical harm had come to the children while they were in Martin’s care.
However, he breached the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) by spending time with the young family.
The woman said: “I feel Lee saw me as an easy target. I was a single mom with no family around. I feel like he took advantage of me. I feel like I was brainwashed and always think what he could have done to them if I had allowed him more access.”
Martin pleaded guilty to breach of the SHPO and two breaches of the notification requirements which oblige him to inform the police of any change of address.
He appeared via videolink at Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.
Judge Jones, sentencing, said: “You duped this woman in every way. You gave her the impression of being a caring and decent individual who would look after her and her children from her.
“I stress that no harm of a physical nature came to them. Had that been the case you would be here for more serious matters but the degree of the breach of trust is best summarized by the fact you wished to become their stepfather.
“Their trust has been completely destroyed by your lies and manipulation. Your intentions may have been genuine but you did not give them the truth they deserved.”
Holly Nelson, defending, said Martin had cut contact with the woman and was back in a relationship with his ex, who does not have children.
Judge Jones jailed Martin for 30 months for breaching the SHPO and 20 months to run concurrently for failing to notify the police of a change of address.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.