Sex offender organist’s ban

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A convicted paedophile has been sentenced after breaching a sexual offences prevention order at three churches in the Dales.

Martin Firth, of Winster and Bristol, was given a 12 month community order, required to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £650 by Chesterfield Magistrates Court on January 7.

He is a registered sex offender as a result of being found guilty of making and possessing indecent images of children in 2008.

Firth received an eight month prison sentence and was made the subject of an extensive Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

As part of the order, Firth was instructed not to undertake or apply for any work – paid or voluntary – which may bring him in to contact with people under 16 unless supervised by another adult who is not themselves subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and who is aware of the order and the conviction giving rise to it.

He was also ordered not to join or apply to join any club or organisation which would bring him into contact with persons under the age of 16 years unless supervised by another adult.

He was found guilty of breaching the SOPO by playing the organ at a church in Winster, one in Darley Dale and another in South Darley.

Police have taken the unusual step of releasing a photograph of Martin Firth in an attempt to ensure there are no further breaches of the SOPO.