Internet repair lands sex offender in court

Andrew Flinton, leaving Scarborough Mags. A court had previously heard he'd been addicted to child pornography, landing him with an order he's now breached.
Andrew Flinton, leaving Scarborough Mags. A court had previously heard he'd been addicted to child pornography, landing him with an order he's now breached.
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A sex offender restricted from using the internet landed himself back in court - for trying to speed up a family’s broadband.

Andrew Flinton was jailed in 2004 after a police raid found over 10,000 child abuse pictures on his computer - including some a judge called “sadistic”.

The serious nature of him crimes resulted in North Yorkshire Police making him the subject of a sexual offences prevention order upon his release.

The 51-year-old appeared back in court on Friday, where he admitted breaching that order.

He had visited a Scarborough family’s home on a handful of occasions to carry out work on their internet.

But he breached the order, which restricts him from knowingly entering a property with underage children inside.

One of the family’s children was just a toddler, the court heard, while the other was a teenager.

However, his solicitor Robert Vining said the case was “not quite how it appears”, and Scarborough Magistrates heard how the mother of the house knew Flinton “had been done” for possessing child pornography before letting him inside.

“At no time has he ever been in the house with just the children,” said Mr Vining.

“It’s quite correct that what he was doing was to try and speed up their internet.

“But there was never going yo be anything untowards happening to the children.”

Unemployed Flinton, of Royal Avenue, had his hands clasped as he pleaded guilty.

It was the first time he’d appeared in court since his conviction for 21 charges relating to possessing child pornography over a decade ago.

Then he was jailed for 15 months, with judge Paul Hoffman claiming there was a high risk of him re-offending if not put on a treatment programme.

In 2007, he was issued the order by the force with the aim of helping prevent future offending, by restricting access to children and the internet.

The court heard that since then, Flinton is currently on Jobseeker’s Allowance and spends most of his time visiting his poorly mother, who gets upset if he doesn’t visit.

He appeared on and was released on conditional bail ahead of sentencing, which will take place at Scarborough Magistrates on July 2.

A sentencing report will be prepared, and Flinton was told by the bench; “If you do not come back to court on that date and time, you could be committing an offence.”