A CONVICTED paedophile broke a court order when he approached a group of youngsters in the centre of Stamford, a court was told today (Tuesday).
Peter Goodwin, who has previously served a five-year jail sentence for offences against a young girl, was banned from approaching any child under the age of 16.
But in November Goodwin went into the centre of Stamford and became aggressive towards a group of teenagers.
Stephen Veitch, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Goodwin appeared to be drunk and at one point walked up to a town map and punched out, injuring his own hand.
Goodwin then walked up to a 15-year-old girl outside the town library and made an inappropriate comment, the court was told.
Police were called and Goodwin continued to be aggressive as he was arrested and then taken to a police station.
The court heard that Goodwin was convicted in February 2000 of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl on a passenger train.
And in March 2006 he was jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court after he was convicted of offences against a five-year-old girl.
Goodwin, 38, of Chapel Lane, Barnack, admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order on November 5, 2010. He was jailed for nine months.
Judge Michael Heath told him: “You were prohibited from speaking to children under 16. These orders must be obeyed. They are imposed to prevent serious harm occurring to members of the public.
“You have a bad record in relation to sexual offences. There must be a sentence of immediate imprisonment in this case.”
Christopher Milligan, mitigating, said Goodwin accepted he was wrong to approach the youngsters but denied he made the inappropriate comment reported in court.
“His problem at the moment is drink. He has described himself as an alcoholic,” Mr Milligan said.
“The combination of his alcohol problems with the offences he has committed in the past must lead to him posing a significant risk.”
Mr Milligan asked that Goodwin be given the opportunity of assessment for his suitability to undergo an alcohol treatment programme.
“He asks for a chance to try and kick his drink habit,” Mr Milligan added.