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New jail term for ex-Scout leader
3:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A PAEDOPHILE who was exposed by the Gazette for breaching an order banning him from getting close to children has been jailed for seven months.
Timothy Edmeades, 38, was pictured grinning as he watched a Maru Karate Kai class perform in Luncies Road, Pitsea, as part of his voluntary work with the Basildon Heritage Club.
Despite being part of the organisation, which is based at Wat Tyler Country Park, for two years, no one knew he had been jailed back in 2008 for grooming and sexually assaulting two boys while he was a Scout leader.
Edmeades, formerly of West Road, South Ockendon, who now lives in Bungay, Suffolk, was banned from having any contact with children as part of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
When police raided his house last September they discovered he had further breached it by buying a laptop since his release from jail back in 2010 which contained photographs of children taken at Basildon Heritage Club events.
Matthew Bone, mitigating for Edmeades, said: “Basildon Heritage Club is not an organisation which is particularly attractive for children.
"Mr Edmeades was there to get back into the workplace and improve his future employments prospects.
“It’s clear he had contact with children which their parents would never have allowed if they knew the truth about his past, but it wasn't his aim to gain access to children.”
Further searches of the laptop, which was kept in Edmeades bedroom, showed he had sent a friend request to a 13-year-old boy he met at an Olympic celebration in Wickford.
During an appearance at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, Judge Jonathan Black sentenced Edmeades to seven months in prison after he admitted three breaches of the order.
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