Somerset paedophile given 'last chance' jail warning

A convicted paedophile from Somerset who continued to abuse children even while under supervision has been given a "last chance" to avoid jail.

Callum Evans, 21, who had pleaded guilty to 40 child-related sex charges, was told by a Bristol Crown Court judge that he was close to a prison sentence.

But Judge Graham Hume Jones said he wanted to ensure Evans was kept under supervision for as long as possible.

He has been placed under a community order for three years.

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The order includes Evans being placed on an overnight tagged curfew, made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order indefinitely and banned from contacting children via social network sites.

He must also keep his browsing history and allow the police to inspect his computer.

The judge warned him that if he breached his order he would be back before the court and "the only course" would be a prison sentence.

Among the 40 charges Evans, of The Glebe in Queen Camel, near Yeovil, had previously pleaded guilty to are inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, making indecent photographs of a child and inciting a child to engage in prostitution or pornography

Six further charges relating to child sex offences were ordered to lie on file.

Evans was already on a three-year community order, after being spared prison in 2011 having admitted a string of sex charges.

Bristol Crown Court heard that he had breached that order within weeks by using a computer and mobile phone to contact teenagers, requesting pictures and meetings.

He was arrested again in September 2012 and last year Judge Hume Jones deferred sentencing so he could complete a sex offenders programme.

Defence lawyer Patrick Mason said he was "very much on the path to full rehabilitation" and was looking for employment.

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