A sex offender has been jailed for breaching the terms of an order banning him from having contact with children.
Gavin Shaw, 52, of Clark Street, Morecambe, is not allowed to spend time with anyone under 16 years old without prior agreement from social services.
But the paedophile, who has previous convictions for serious sex offences against children, spanning back to the 1970s, admitted breaching the order after being spotted taking youngsters in the back of his van.
Preston Crown Court heard Shaw had secured himself a job working at a shop but had not told his employers about his sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).
Phillip Clarke, prosecuting, told the court a support worker, who had some concerns about Shaw, saw three or four children getting into the back of his van and called the police.
Shaw admitted taking the children in the van but said he had been asked to give them a lift.
On another occasion Shaw had taken a child to the beach and had bought him a Manchester United money box.
Shaw said he had not done anything inappropriate but admitted he had breached the order by spending time with the boy.
Judge Simon Newell jailed Shaw for 16 months.
He said: “I take the view, having looked at all the facts, that these orders don’t seem to have any effect on you, having regard to the cavalier way you have breached them twice in two years.
“I am concerned that although you have been on a course recently to try and improve your employment prospects, when you were offered a course on the sex offenders program you refused to engage.
“The fact you were offering the boy (on the beach) money and you weren’t offering his sister money, and the fact you were taking pictures of him causes me concern.”
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