A SERIAL sex offender has been banned from being alone with any young boy under the age of 16 after being released from prison.

Garry Dover-Afflick, who has been described as Fagin-like Satanist, was given an interim sexual offences prevention order in an attempt to prevent him committing any further offences against young boys.

The move came after the 47-year-old was realised from custody on Christmas Eve after serving a 12 month sentence for breaching the terms of a previous order.

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In September, Teesside Crown Court heard he was arrested after giving police a false name and being continually spotted in the company of young males.

Today, (Monday, January 7), Teesside Magistrates Court heard Dover-Afflick had been served with the papers on the day of his release but he failed to attend court for the hearing.

Jane Smith, representing Cleveland Police, described the sex offender as ‘devious’ and ‘deceptive’ before she told the court the nature of the previous offences were so serious that she didn’t feel they needed to be repeated in open court.

She said: “Dover-Afflick is someone who grooms young people and that’s one of the main concerns that comes out of this application.”

During a previous court case it was reported that Dover-Afflick, previously of Sunnybrow Avenue, Billingham, has 25 previous convictions covering 148 offences.

In 1997, he was jailed for indecently assaulting a boy under 16.

Bristol Crown Court heard how he selected rootless youngsters, usually between nine and 14, and offered them shelter. He gave them drugs, lectured them about Satanism and kept them in line with a series of beatings and sexual assaults.

In 2001, he was jailed for five years at Winchester Crown Court after he was convicted of two counts of indecent assault on a child under 14 and a serious sexual assault of a boy under 16.

A manhunt was launched in 2007 when he went missing after being released from prison, where he was serving time for blackmail, supplying drugs and indecent assault.

When he was found, he was jailed for 30 months at Leeds Crown Court.

The interim order also prevents Dover-Afflick from being in a house with any male over the age of 16 unless they know of his previous convictions.

A full application will be heard at the same court on Monday, February 11.