March 2010

Paedophile who ‘went off the radar’ is back in prison

A CONVICTED paedophile who police lost track of for six years is back behind bars.

Simon Jannssens was jailed for possessing indecent photographs of children in August 2003. He was given a nine-month sentence with a 42-month extended licence period, which meant that if he committed another offence before the end of that period, he could be recalled to prison. He was released at the end of 2003 and ordered to inform police of his address and to attend a probation programme for sex offenders.

The 40-year-old logged his first address with the police – a bed and breakfast in Crompton Street – and attended two probation sessions.

But, Derby Crown Court heard that in early 2004 Jannssens “had gone to ground and had gone off the radar”.

He was only traced again at the end of last year as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs – he had changed his surname to Slater.

He was arrested at a property in Alvaston on February 5 this year. He was remanded in custody and has now been ordered to serve the extended licence period of his previous sentence. He will not be released until March 2012.

Marilyn Nair, prosecuting, said when Jannssens was arrested he had been able to find work as a kitchen porter, which had made it difficult for him to complete his probation programme.

Ms Nair said: “He moved before he could be seen by officers.”

A warrant for his arrest was put out on April 2, 2004, but was not executed until February this year.

Jannssens, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to failing to notify the police of a change of name and address.

Anita Goodman, in mitigation, said that when Jannssens was arrested his computer was searched and no indecent images were recovered.

Miss Goodman said: “When he was released from prison he was a deeply ashamed man. He didn’t do what he should have done although he initially registered his first address and went to the first couple of sessions. He struggled deeply and still struggles today to come to terms with that conviction.”