Dangerous paedophile disguised himself as entertainer to sneak into massive children’s event
Nathan Kozel, 26, performed circus tricks for youngsters at a Hull’s biggest event for kids
A dangerous paedophile disguised himself as an entertainer to sneak into a huge children’s event and perform circus tricks.
High risk sex offender Nathan Kozel span plates for youngsters after getting into the National Play Day activities at Queens Gardens, Hull.
The 26-year-old had dressed up as a staff member by donning goggles and a long black coat, Hull Crown Court heard.
Kozel, who is banned indefinitely from having unsupervised contact with children, was eventually arrested by police after parents raised the alarm, Hull Live reported.
Rukhshanda Hussain, prosecuting in Hull Crown Court on Friday, said: “The area the defendant was in had about 20 children under 16 in it, with some adults present. He was engaging with them, spinning plates, showing children how to use them.
“He was dressed in a way which suggested he was an employee of the event – goggles, a black outfit, long black coat and black gloves.”
Kozel said he was “there to make friends” and to “interact with children” but, although he knew it was wrong, he “found himself engrossed”.
His father told the court his son thinks like a six or seven-year-old and needs to be told when to wash.
He said circus tricks were “one of the few things he excels at”, and insisted the clothes he was described as wearing “would be his normal dress”.
Kozel was “of low intelligence”, had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and had attended a special school, the court heard.
In 2016, he was sentenced to a two-year community order, and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) indefinitely, after using his father’s computer to download indecent images when his parents were away.
But he breached the order on August 25 last year when he was caught playing football with an eight-year-old boy in a park.
Kozel was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, when he was sentenced for that offence in January this year and described in that hearing as a “very high risk sex offender”.
When he was arrested for playing with the boy, Kozel told police there was material on his phone that “may be of interest to them”. But although the device was seized it was not examined until after police seized his tablet computer on January 10 this year.
On the devices, police found a total of 10 images at category A – the most serious – two at category B, and 631 category C images.
Kozel, of HMP Hull, admitted breaching a SHPO, breaching a suspended sentence, and making indecent photographs of children.
Steven Garth, mitigating at the court on Friday, said: “What is undoubtedly clear from all the documentation is this defendant has a serious and deep-seated weakness, namely an attraction to young boys, or at least their photographs.
“The paradox of this young man’s case is this. The defendant fully recognises the problem that he has and is genuinely anxious to try and deal with it. He is angry with himself for having this weakness but he just can’t stop himself.
“The defendant would be very vulnerable in custody and has commented more than once to me and others he will probably end his life.”
Jailing Kozel for a year, Recorder Patrick Palmer told him: “Whilst I have every sympathy for you and your difficulties, I have to protect children from your offending.”