A convicted sex offender has been jailed after Hertfordshire police discovered an Amazon Fire tablet at his home.

Sean Keane has sentenced to two years in prison today (Thursday, December 14) for breaching a court order for the second time.

Following a previous conviction, the 61-year-old was supposed to inform the police if he had a new phone or internet device, and of any online aliases that he has used online.

When officers visited his home in London Colney on May 4, he admitted he had bought a new phone a few days earlier from a neighbour. 

He claimed that he had attempted to call the officer assigned to him, but no longer had his number.

Having denied being in possession of any other devices that could connect to the internet, an Amazon Fire tablet was found after police searched his home.

In addition, the officers discovered that he had been using his mother’s maiden name on Facebook Messenger, without informing them of the alias.

Herts Advertiser: A custody image of Sean Keane, from London Colney.A custody image of Sean Keane, from London Colney. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

The man from Birchway, London Colney appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to three offences of breaching a sexual harm prevention order, and for failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements.

In October 2019, he had been jailed for 33 months for breaking a court order within a week of being sentenced for attempting to communicate with a child, and attempting to meet a child after grooming.

When the police raided his then-home in Hemel Hempstead they found two phones that he had not registered with the police.

Defending, Alexandra Monaghan said Keane was in ill health and had let himself down.

She said that he had suffered from loneliness and had a traumatic childhood, during which he had been abused.

Upon sentencing Keane, Judge Michael Roques said: “You were previously sentenced to prison for breaching a court order and you wilfully chose to breach it again.

“I am concerned you will commit further offences.”


Crimes can be reported online at www.herts.police.uk/ro/report by calling the police's non-emergency number 101.

Hertfordshire police's web chat function can be used by visiting herts.police.uk/contact.

Anonymous information can be given by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.