A sex offender who visited "rape websites" and drugged a woman's drink has been working as a maintenance man in family homes , a court heard.
Philip Jones was branded a danger after being caught putting powder into someone's lager at a pub and downloading child sex abuse images.
The former soldier was jailed for five years with an extended three years on licence in 2014, Liverpool Echo reports.
He was released from prison in April 2018 and had to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and follow a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, but ignored his requirements by setting up a secret bank account and hiding a second mobile phone.
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Liverpool Crown Court heard a sex offender manager, working for Merseyside Police, launched an investigation after receiving a tip-off about Jones.
Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said this confirmed he was using a Nationwide account and a phone which wasn't disclosed to the police or Probation Service.
Officers raided the 59-year-old's new home in Seacombe on November 4 where they discovered the secret mobile phone hidden in a cupboard.
Jones later admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements and breaching the SOPO.
Ms Holt said it was a serious case because of what the bank account and phone could have allowed Jones to do without the knowledge of the authorities, including work.
She said it was known Jones had been "undertaking work as a maintenance man" and added: "It appears he had been undertaking work at addresses certainly where children lived. Whether they were present or not at the time is another matter."
Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said Jones hadn't been charged with carrying out work at homes that he wasn't entitled to do, but agreed with Ms Holt that he had made determined attempts to keep the fact he had the account and phone from the police.
In February 2013, Jones was seen dropping a date rape drug in a 24-year-old woman's lager at a Wirral pub by a customer who alerted a doorman, who knocked the drink over pretending it was an accident.
CCTV footage showed Jones spiking her drink and tests found he had used nitrazapam, which is prescribed for insomnia and is related to the date rape drug Rohypnol.
Jones claimed he had put crushed-up painkillers in the woman's drink as she had been complaining of back ache, but couldn't explain why he did it without her knowledge.
When his computer was seized and examined, 183 indecent images of children were found, along with extreme pornography.
The predator had searching the internet using the term "date rape" on 52 occasions and visited a rape site 23,500 times.
He admitted administering noxious substances for the purpose of facilitating sexual activity and 15 offences involving downloading and possessing indecent images and extreme porn.
Louise McCloskey, defending, said Jones accepts fault for concealing the phone and acknowledges he should have informed his offender manager when he did.
Judge Driver said Jones made a "determined attempt to avoid detection" of the bank account and had "carefully hidden" the mobile phone, the latter of which was "a very serious breach".
The judge jailed Jones for 20 months and imposed a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which along with signing on the Sex Offenders Register he must now comply with for life.
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