A paedophile who was jailed for three years for using popular dating site Plenty of Fish to befriend single mothers and assault their children has had a further 20 months added to his sentence.
In March, 32-year-old James Smith from Stirlingshire, was sentenced after being found guilty of using a number of identities on the dating site to start relationships with single mothers in order to gain access to their children.
He was served a three year jail term for attacks on two different children, however Smith has now appeared back in court following reports that he continued to see one of his victims while on trial.
It has now emerged that a woman had reported her sister to police, after she discovered she was living with Smith.
The woman told police that her sister had told her that Smith was appearing in court as a result of a breach of bail, and that she was a witness in the case.
The woman then subsequently learned of his status as a convicted paedophile after reading about it in the newspaper, and subsequently reported the pair to the police.
Depute fiscal Lauren McRobert told the court: “Police spoke to the woman’s sister who told them the woman had told her the case against him had been dropped so her sister continued to take her children to her house and the accused was usually there.
“It was not until her sister seen the result of the court case in the paper that she became aware of what had happened and as a result of all this, the accused was later arrested.”
During the hearing at Hamilton Sheriff Court, Smith received a 20-month extension to his existing sentence, after previously admitting he had stayed with the mother and her daughter, despite his strict bail conditions that banned him from making contact between March 2015 and February 2016.
Sheriff Vincent Smith has ordered him to serve his extra time as soon as his outstanding sentence had been served.
Smith’s name remains on the sex offender’s register permanently.
Read more about the case here.