A 52-year-old man from Scarborough has been given a 28-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of breaching a sexual offences protection order and sex offender notification requirements.
Daniel Borgers, who is also known as Daniel Jacobs, appeared at York Crown Court on Monday, 13 November.
Borgers, of Scalby Road in Scarborough, met his victim, a 17-year-old girl through a ‘handyman’ business he had set up, against the direction of his police offender manager, who had told him such a business would be unsuitable for a person with his conviction.
After a relative of the girl found out Borgers was a registered sex offender, they reported the relationship to North Yorkshire Police.
He was arrested and admitted breaching his sexual offences protection order. He also failed to provide information that he was in a sexual relationship, the registration number of a car he was driving, the fact he was working as a handyman and that he had stayed in an address for more than 12 hours with a person under the age of 18-years-old.
The victim appeared in court to give evidence and explained the how the relationship and finding out he was a registered sex offender had impacted different areas of her life.
Investigating Officer PC Belinda Williamson, from Scarborough’s Police Offender Management Unit, said: “This man is an extremely dangerous individual who used a job forbidden by police to befriend a 17-year-old girl. The relationship quickly became sexual and has had a lasting impact on the victim.
“Not only did he actively lie and say he was unable to leave the house due to his mental health, he was living a secret life, running a handyman business and having a relationship with a vulnerable young girl.
“His deception prevented police from speaking with the girl and informing her of his previous convictions, which would have given her the opportunity to decide whether she wanted to continue the relationship or not.
“I would like to praise the victim for her strength throughout the investigation and giving evidence in court.
“North Yorkshire Police is committed to keeping the public safe and anyone who has any concerns about a new partner can contact officers and make an application under Claire’s Law – more information about this can be found on our website.”