A convicted sex offender from Bangor breached the order four times
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A convicted sex offender from Bangor breached the order four times

Today (June 11), Richard Williams, 62, of Llys Dewi Sant, was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He previously pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching SHPO.

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Prosecutor Elen Owen told the court Williams was made an indefinite SHPO in 2019 after being convicted of sexual offenses.

When officers checked his cell phone last summer, they found he had violated the order by installing and then uninstalling the social media apps TikTok, Telegram and Snapchat.

Williams also deleted his TikTok internet history.

Ms Owen said that after checking his phone, police discovered a “significant amount of deleted internet activity”.

Defending Williams, Oliver King said that during the check there was “no evidence that there was anything indecent on his phone.”

King described Williams as a “lonely man” with “very few friends” who downloaded TikTok “simply because it was something to watch” before deleting it when it occurred to him that it might expose him to a SHPO violation.

“He just didn’t think,” King said, adding that this was Williams’ first violation of the order.

Meanwhile, the messages he exchanged on Telegram also did not reveal “anything inappropriate.”

In sentencing, Judge Timothy Petts also ordered Williams to complete 20 days of required rehabilitation activity and 100 hours of unpaid work.

A custodial order was made in relation to Williams’ phone call and the defendant will pay a statutory surcharge.

“The prospect of rehabilitation outweighs the need for immediate custody, particularly under current prison conditions,” Judge Petts told Williams.

“(But) you have a prison sentence hanging over you for the next 12 months.”