28-Month Sentence Handed Down for Breaches of Sexual Harm Prevention Order
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43-year-old David Walls has been sentenced to 28 months in prison after being convicted of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
A warrant was carried out at the home of David Walls in July 2023 after evading officers from the Public Protection Unit after being suspected of breaching his order, which prohibits him from having any unsupervised contact or communication with any girl under the age of 16 and prohibits his use of the internet and internet capable devices.
In 2016, Walls contacted a 15-year-old girl via social media and asked to meet with her with the intention of engaging in sexual activity. This meeting didn’t happen and Walls was arrested after the girl disclosed the contact to her guardians.
The recent breaches of the order relate to three counts of using social media in July of this year.
David Walls was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday 8th August.
Detective Constable Carl Middleton, from Hartlepool Public Protection Unit, said: “I am happy with the custodial sentence handed to David Walls. Police take breaches of Crown Court orders very seriously and anyone who may be a risk to the public will be put in front of the court to be dealt with accordingly.”