Judge turns down Ipswich sex offender’s appeal over order restricting his access to children
A judge has turned down an application by an Ipswich man, who groomed a schoolgirl for sex, to discharge a court order restricting his access to children.
Michael Zablocki was jailed for 28 months in 2010, when he was 26, after admitting five offences of sexual activity with a child.
Following his sentencing hearing at Ipswich Crown Court during which a judge accused him of “grooming” his teenage victim for sex, her outraged mother claimed his abuse had virtually destroyed her daughter’s life.
At the time she said her daughter was under Zablocki’s “spell” and he had manipulated her feelings to the extent she was distraught he had been jailed.
“I’m angry. I knew something wasn’t right. It’s disgusting. This has changed our lives dramatically. Our lives have been turned upside down and it’s ruined the whole family,” she said Zablocki, who was living in Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, began sexually assaulting the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when she was 13.
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The abuse came to light on New Year’s Eve 2009 when she broke down in tears and revealed to her father what had been going on.
Yesterday Zablocki, now aged 32, returned to Ipswich Crown Court to ask Judge Rupert Overbury, who sentenced him in 2010, to discharge an indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which disqualified him from working with children and banned him from being in any dwelling where any child under 18 was present, except for a sibling or his own child, unless another adult was present.
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The court heard that his application to discharge the SOPO was supported by the Chief Constable of Suffolk and his public protection officer Jane Corbett.
She told the court that she had carried out an assessment on Zablocki and whereas he had been considered to be at medium risk of reoffending in 2010 he was now deemed to be at low risk.
She said that at the time of the offences Zablocki had been drinking heavily, smoking cannabis and living in a hostel.
He was now living on his own in a flat and during unannounced visits to his home she had never seen any evidence of him drinking or using cannabis.
PC Corbett also said that since his release from prison Zablocki had completed the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme and was in a stable relationship with a woman with two adult children,
Judge Overbury expressed concern that the assessment that had been done on Zablocki had only looked at present risk and not future risk and said he wouldn’t discharge the SOPO without hearing the views of the victim, who is now in her 20s.
“Sex offenders are unpredictable whatever lifestyle they want to portray,” he said.
However, he said he was prepared to vary the order so that it expired in April 2020 at the same time as a requirement for Zablocki to sign the sex offenders’ register notifying the police if he changed address and Zablocki said he was happy with that and would not pursue his application for the SOPO to be discharged.