Sex offender spoke to kids at barbecue after meeting mom on dating site
A WOMAN who invited a man she had met on a dating site to a barbecue, where he was talking to his children, later found out he was a convicted child sex offender.
Blackburn magistrates heard that Gary Thomas Sheridan was going under a different name, but the woman became suspicious when she heard him called by his real name.
And when she searched for it on the Internet, she discovered her sordid past.
Sheridan was sentenced to more than six years in prison in the spring of 2017 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 27.
Sheridan, 33, of Church Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order by coming into contact with two boys under the age of 16 and to four counts of failing to comply with requirements of the sex offender registry. All of the offenses occurred in Accrington between April 16 and May 16.
He was jailed for 42 weeks by District Judge Joanne Hirst who said she had accepted that he had concealed his true identity to avoid repercussions rather than acting in a predatory manner.
“I can only imagine the shock and distress of the mother when she found out about your past,” she added.
Ruby McKeague, attorney, said Sheridan had an account on the Kik app on behalf of GaryPrice87, an account on fabswingers on behalf of Gary P, on Snapchat on behalf of Gary Price sesasider 1987 and used the name Venom on an app live stream called Liveme.
None of the names or accounts had been registered with the police as they were required to do under the sex offender registry.
He met the mother of two through one of the sites and she invited him to a barbecue.
He spoke to his two sons who were under 16 but their 20-year-old brother was with them at all times.
Defending Gerry Coyle said that as a result of the offense Sheridan was recalled on a prison permit and would be in jail until February 2023.