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Part-time saxophone teacher John Mason of Cheadle, who is on the sex offenders' register, travelled to Spain without telling police

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

A SAXOPHONE teacher on the Sex Offenders' Register travelled to Spain without telling police.

John Barry Mason, aged 69, who will be on the register until December this year, went to Malaga between April 26 and May 1.

Sue Hayers, prosecuting, told North Staffordshire Justice Centre that the pensioner had a duty to notify police of a change of address.

He did not, and police and the UK Border Agency were informed.

She said that Mason had been given a police caution and put on the Sex Offenders' Register for two years in December 2012 when he admitted having extreme pornographic images of sex with animals either dead or alive and causing a child under 16 to watch a sexual act.

Miss Hayers told the court: "It is a requirement of being put on the Sex Offenders Register that he must notify police of any change or address or if he goes abroad.

"The defendant did not and police were alerted to the fact by the UK Border Agency."

Mason, of Moss Lane, Cheadle, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements under the sex offenders act of 2003. He was fined £260 with £85 costs and a £26 victim surcharge. Hayley Keegan, defending, said her client had admitted he had gone to Malaga.

She said: "He said he had forgotten to notify the police.

"He has been abroad before and there were no problems as he did what he was required to do. This is his first conviction before the court."

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