Sex offender drove children’s charity coach across Europe
PUBLISHED: 09:46 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 15:53 01 May 2020
A convicted sex offender tricked a charity which supports children with disabilities into letting him drive a bus on a European “jail break” jaunt.
Adam Wyles, 32, had been given a three year community order with supervision after he was convicted of possession of indecent images of children.
He was also subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) which had a number of requirements to keep him away from children.
But Norwich Crown Court heard Wyles, of Sycamore Avenue, Great Yarmouth, failed to comply with the notification requirements by taking the trip to Europe with Peterborough-based Little Miracles in October last year.
Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said the trip for the charity was referred to as a “jail break” to “see how far they could get in 36 hours without spending any money”.
He said Wyles made contact with the charity via LinkedIn to offer his services to them for the jail break.
Mr Ivory said Wyles, who had not informed them of his previous convictions, drove the charity’s coach down to the south coast.
Little Miracles then asked him to drive them to France and Germany before returning to the UK, in breach of his order.
The court heard Wyles had also failed to comply with the requirements of the order between February and September 2019, by failing to update his address to police when he had been staying with a new partner.
He also communicated with a 12-year-old girl, which was also a breach of the order.
When Wyles was visited by police last year a number of indecent images were found on his computer, including 52 still and 25 videos classed at category A, the most serious. Class B and Class C images were also found.
Wyles, whose previous convictions include impersonating a police officer, appeared at court on Wednesday (April 29) to be sentenced having admitted the offences.
Jailing Wyles for 27 months, Judge Katharine Moore said he posed a “high risk of sexual harm to children”.
Andrew Thompson, mitigating, said he was someone who was “trapped by his record”, adding that once he failed to disclose he got himself into further difficulty.
Wyles was made the subject of a renewed SHPO for 10 years and put on the sex offenders’ register for the same period.
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