A convicted paedophile living in Northampton who breached the terms of his sexual offences order could be out of prison in a few weeks, despite receiving a 15-month custodial sentence.
Simon Cope, aged 51, of Fylingdale, appeared at Northampton Crown Court and pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of a sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which banned him from contact with children under the age of 16.
The court heard that Cope had 17 previous convictions, including a number of sexual assaults of young boys. In 2005, he was jailed for four-and-a-half years after he groomed three boys shortly after he was released from prison for a similar offence.
The court heard that Cope befriended a family in Northampton and took a young boy go karting and took him out for a meal. Cope was also found to have given another boy a lift home.
Cope was arrested after the boy’s family Googled his name and found out about his previous convictions.
Judge Michael Fowler, sentencing, said: “You have very serious previous convictions. When the courts sentenced you in 2005 it was the intention to stop you having contact with young boys.”
Judge Fowler sentenced Cope to 15 months in prison, but said, due to the fact he has been in custody since February, he is likely to be released in the next month.