Sex offender caught out by voicemail
ASEX offender’s secret meeting with a group of children was busted when he left a recording of the incident on a police officer’s voicemail.
Steven Clements accidentally rang the officer while meeting the children, aged seven and 13, with 14 minutes of the meeting documented in the recording.
He is now back behind bars after another breach of a court order – this time linked to his disappearance to Wales as he fled “vigilantes”.
Clements, 40, was locked up in 2000 for six counts of indecent assault on boys aged nine, 10 and 13 and put on the sex offenders register. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
Formerly from Willaston, Wirral, the ex-basketball coach moved to Devon and one of the conditions of the order was that he kept in contact with police.
Hannah George, prosecuting, told the court that in February this year Clements was living in Plymouth.
However, when officers called at the address they had listed for him they were told he had recently left.
The last contact police had with Clements was on March 15 when he registered with them as being of “no fixed abode”.
He then disappeared and did not register any permanent address with police as he was required to do.
Swansea Crown Court heard that on September 12 a man was arrested for stealing a laptop computer from a Tesco store in Pembroke Dock.
He initially gave a false name but when his fingerprints were checked on the police computer, the shoplifter turned out to be Clements.
Clements, of London Road, Pembroke Dock, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with notification requirements and to theft from a shop.
The court heard he has 15 previous convictions for 32 offences, eight of which are for sexual offences, as well as four breaches of his sexual offences prevention order.
Miss George told the court one of his breaches involved the contact with the seven and 13-year-olds – with him being caught after he inadvertently rang a police officer on his mobile phone while with the youngsters and left a 14-minute answerphone message which recorded his meeting.
In 2016 he was jailed again after trying to stop a rape victim giving evidence against a friend he met behind bars.
Clements was offered cash by the inmate to contact the victim’s mum and threaten her family the day before a major rape trial was due to start.
He was arrested after walking into a courtroom and demanding cash from the defendant as he stood in the dock.
Dan Griffiths, for Clements, accepted his client’s failure to notify the police of his whereabouts had been a “persistent and lengthy” breach of the order.
He said the defendant had been forced to flee Plymouth after details of his sexual offending began to circulate on social media in the area and he became the subject of “almost daily threats” as well as of an actual assault.
The advocate said Clements went to Exmouth and then Exeter before moving to live with friends in Pembroke Dock.
Judge Keith Thomas sentenced him to 20 months in prison for breaching the order and two months for shoplifting. The judge revoked the existing order and imposed a sexual harm prevention order to run for 10 years.
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