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Folkestone sex offender back in prison after trying to meet with boys

Folkestone sex offender back in prison after trying to meet with boys
A judge has jailed a man from Folkestone for four years after he was found guilty of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.
 
The order was put in place for Alec Rivers of Firs Lane when he was released from prison in 2011 after serving a sentence for sexually assaulting a child.

The order stipulated that he was not permitted to work with children, attempt to have any contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless their parents or guardians were present or live in a house where any children reside. He was also subject to regular visits by Kent Police officers.

It was during one of those routine visits in July 2018 that officers became aware Rivers, 49, had been attempting to spend time with children. Further enquiries were carried out with the victim’s parents who disclosed that on at least eight occasions between May 2015 and November 2016 they had refused his requests to meet with their boys to watch and play football.
 
Rivers was arrested in August 2018 and denied eight charges of breaching a sexual offences prevention order after attempting to meet with the boys unsupervised. The case went to a trial and a jury found him guilty at Canterbury Crown Court where he was sentenced on Monday 20 May 2019.
 

Investigating officer DC Marie-anne Carr said: ‘Rivers has shown a complete disregard for the law by breaking this order, which was in place to protect children from harm.

'He will now serve another prison sentence as a result of his wrongdoing and I hope he fully understands the consequences of breaking orders like this and considers his actions in the future.’

 

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