Sex offender jailed for 30 months

A “DANGEROUS” sex offender who grabbed a woman’s wrist as she walked home alone in Skegness has been jailed for two and a half years.

Thirty-five-year-old Paul Garcia (pictured) caused so much distress to his victim that she no longer felt safe living in the resort and moved away, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Garcia, who had a string of previous convictions, admitted getting out of his car and approaching the woman as she walked along Sea View Road.

The woman had noticed Garcia “staring” at her from a passing car but was unable to run away because of a knee injury. The court was told Garcia then grabbed the woman’s right wrist and asked her for oral sex after showing her his cash filled wallet.

Garcia was disturbed by passing traffic and quickly released the woman’s wrist but later admitted he had “fleetingly” thought of carrying out a sexual offence.

The woman later told police Garcia warned her, “You either do it and I pay you, or you do it for nothing.”

In a victim impact statement the woman, who can not be named, said she was extremely frightened by the incident which she kept reliving and had now moved out of Skegness.

The court heard Garcia had a string of previous convictions including indecent assault, gross indecency, exposure and harassment, and was made the subject of a restraining order by magistrates in Norwich just days before the offence in Skegness.

Garcia, of Sea Lane, Ingoldmells, admitted common assault with intent to commit a sexual offence on November 13 last year.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris said he was firmly of the view that Garcia was dangerous.

Judge Morris told Garcia: “I am very worried about you.”