Man sentenced for breach of Sexual Offences Prevention Order

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A man was sentenced for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order when he appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday January 7).

Martin Firth, who lives in Winster and Bristol, was given a 12 month community order, required to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and has to pay costs of £650.

He is a registered sex offender as a result of being found guilty at Taunton Crown Court on December 8 2008 of making and possessing indecent images of children.

He received an eight month prison sentence and was made the subject of an extensive Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO). Two of the conditions are that he should not:

Undertake or apply for any work paid or voluntary which would bring him into contact with persons under the age of 16 years unless supervised by another adult who is not themselves subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and who is aware of this order and the conviction giving rise to it.

Join or apply to join any club or organisation which would bring him into contact with persons under the age of 16 years unless supervised by another adult who is not themselves subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and who is aware of this order and the conviction giving rise to it.

He was found guilty of breaching the SOPO by playing the organ at a church in Winster, one in Darley Dale and another in South Darley.

Police have taken the unusual step of releasing a photograph of Martin Firth in an attempt to ensure there are no further breaches of the SOPO.