Judge sends sex offender to prison for a second time

A SEX offender has been sent back to jail after breaching a sex offences court order for a second time.

Tony Rushby allowed two 16-year-old boys to sleep in his bedroom unsupervised – breaking the order made in 2006.

The 42-year-old, from Brighouse, who had previous convictions for sexual assault on young boys, pleaded guilty to the breach although there was no suggestion that any sexual activity took place.

Bradford Crown Court heard how last year one of the boys began receiving texts from someone they believed to be Rushby’s son, Jack.

They eventually arranged to meet up but Rushby cancelled the meeting, saying Jack had died.

Soon the 16-year-old began receiving texts again, this time supposedly from another of Rushby’s sons, Zack.

However all the texts were sent by Rushby, who used them to promise gifts of a new bike and a playstation.

The boy eventually went round to Rushby’s house in Brighouse to see Zack but upon arrival he was met only by Rushby, who said Zack wasn’t there.

The 16-year-old had missed his bus and Rushby suggested he stopped over and slept on his bedroom floor in a sleeping bag.

A second teenager went to a house in Brighouse with Rushby and carried out some painting and joinery work.

On a different occasion both boys slept in Rushby’s bedroom in separate sleeping bags but once again there was no suggestion of sexual activity.

Rushby pleaded guilty to the breaches at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court in March this year.

His Honour Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, sentencing, said: “This was a case of a flagrant and deliberate breach of the order.

“On the last breach the sentence was two years. The sentence this time is 27 months.”