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Judge jails convicted sex offender indefinitely

A CONVICTED sex offender, who joined in the abuse of a teenage boy with another paedophile, has been jailed indefinitely by a judge.

Hebden Bridge man Robert Hind, 44, was imprisoned for public protection after he admitted engaging in sexual activity with the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Hind, who had been jailed twice before for indecently assaulting boys, committed the offences at the home of another child abuser - who was last year sentenced to six years in prison.

Hind was charged after the other abuser, who was locked up for his part in the boy’s ordeal, made a statement to the police.

Barrister Stephen Wood submitted that Hind, who has a low IQ, had committed the offences under the ‘’malign influence’’ of the other man. But, Judge Jonathan Rose said the defendant had been unable to resist offending against the boy.

Although Judge Rose said the first sexual encounter may have been unexpected, Hind had gone back to the house a further four times.

The judge noted that Hind had not committed any offences since his last conviction, but said the latest matters indicated Hind still had a desire for sexual activity with boys under 16.

Judge Rose said he had come to the view that Hind posed a significant risk of committing further sexual offences, particularly against young boys, and that such offences would cause serious psychological harm.

Hind, of Bankfoot Terrace, was sentenced to at least 18 months behind bars for the abuse.

But his imprisonment for public protection means he will only be released when it is considered he no longer poses a risk to the public.

The judge also ordered that Hind be the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and he must also register as a sex offender with the police for the rest of his life.

 
 
 

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