A PROLIFIC sex offender who repeatedly flouted court orders banning him from interacting with children has been jailed.

Oliver Fitzroy, of no fixed abode, had been made subject to a sexual offence protection order on May 2015 preventing him from having contact with children.

It followed a previous conviction of a number of offences dating back to 1974 including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempted buggery.

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On one occasion, the court heard, Fitzroy had engaged with a boy under the age of 16 in a kebab shop before offering to pay him £5 to have sex with him.

Fitzroy, who lived in North Street, Bicester, before his recent arrest, had been handed a suspended sentence in 2018, for previously breaching this order on three occasions.

Oxford Crown Court heard how this included engaging in conversations with boys who were under the age of 16, without disclosing he was forbidden to do so.

On one occasion, the court heard, he invited a boy to his home in order to collect language books after he befriended the boy's mother.

Fitzroy was brought before Oxford Crown Court yesterday for subsequent breaches to the order.

These included having contact with a nine-year-old on numerous occasions in and around Bicester's town centre.

The court heard how Fitzroy had approached the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and attempted to engage in conversation repeatedly.

On one occasion, the prosecution described how Fitzroy approached the youngster who was with an adult in Sheep Street, and said 'you are a lovely boy, I bet you are a nice boy for your mummy'.

At the same time he touched the boys shoulders and rubbed his back, the court heard.

Following his previous breaches of the order Fitzroy was ordered to undertake a rehabilitation course for sex offenders, which he completed.

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During sentencing yesterday, Judge Maria Lamb his offending was 'flagrant and persistent'.

She added: "You are simply either not prepared or wholly unable to have any regard for a court order imposed to protect young people, young boys in particular. Despite engaging in treatment you have continued to offend."

Judge Lamb continued: "In my view you do represent a high risk of harm to young boys.

"It is clear to me whatever the reason, no court order will deter you of your pursuit of that particular sexual interest."

She described the offence as 'the beginning of grooming behaviour which was thwarted by adults who had the interest of the children at heart.'.

He was jailed for three and half years made up of two years for breaching the order, and a further 18 months for breaching the suspended sentence.