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A Sexual Harm Prevention Order after Phillip Yarrow was convicted in February 2019 of having sex with a child and having sex with a child, grooming a 13- to 15-year-old girl online (SHPO) was turned into a topic.

Durham Crown Court was told that the conditions of the SHPO included a ban on him having unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 whose parent or guardian had no knowledge of his or her faith.

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He was also made subject to notification requirements as a sex offender, who must notify a risk manager if he resides at any address for more than 12 hours.

Northern Echo: Sex offender Phillip Yarrow has been jailed at Durham Crown Court for breaching previous court orders.


John Harley, prosecuting, said a woman with a four-year-old daughter who had used the dating app had received a complaint in December last year.

She began texting the defendant, described as “32 years old and from Kokhoe”, for two weeks before meeting him near her address on January 2, after which she returned home to stay with her grandmother, although her daughter was not there.

Mr Harley said Yarrow did not stay there, but the next day at 4pm Yarrow returned to the woman’s house at 4pm, when her daughter was present.

He stayed for two hours, but had little contact with the girl and was never alone with her.

Mr Harley said he went the next day at 7pm but this time stayed at the address watching TV.

The next morning he left after she ordered him a taxi, and that was the last time he would see her.

Mr Harley said there was no mention of the defendant’s previous convictions during his relationship with the woman.

It turned out that he was questioned by the police and took responsibility for the crime.

The court heard Yarrow, 32, of Grange Crescent, Cookhoe, pleaded guilty or pleaded guilty when he appeared before magistrates last month.

Mr Harley said the defendant now has three convictions for ten offences, all of which are sexual.

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The court heard that after an initial conviction in February 2019, he was brought back to court in June 2021 for making indecent images of children and failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements.

Mr Harley said the latest offense was for Yarrow, a woman with two young daughters, staying at the address for more than seven days without being aware of her convictions.

Also, another violation of SHPO was recorded by the defendant in July 2022.

Martin Scarborough, for Yarrow, said he had found work at a glass factory through the agency before his arrest, which prevented him from getting full-time work.

Mr Scarborough said in relation to the latest offence, his client had had very little contact with the child and was unsupervised by anyone.

Judge Jo Kidd said Yarrow chose to have a relationship with his daughter’s mother for the first time because he did not tell them about his history of offending.

He told him: “The sentences you have received have increased with each violation, and therefore the sentence I will now pass will increase in relation to them.

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“You have a clear history of disobeying court orders.”

He said it appears that he still hasn’t recovered from his “dangerous behavior.”

Imposing a 20-month sentence, he warned the defendant could be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence on release mid-term if he commits further offenses while on licence.


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