July 2019

Convicted child rapist sent back to jail for setting up bogus Facebook account

A judge told Don Paul Knowles there was no innocent reason for his behaviour after jailing him for 30 weeks

A convicted child rapist has been sent back to jail after he opened a Facebook account in a false name.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told Don Paul Knowles, who was sentenced to 12 years in 2012, that there was no innocent reason for his behaviour.

Knowles, 40, of no fixed abode but formerly of Borthyn in Ruthin was placed on an indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) and placed on the sex offender’s register for life following his conviction.

He was jailed for raping two children and sexually assaulting another and was said to have tried to bribe some of his victims with sweets.

Mold Crown Court heard he had created the profile to circumvent the register.

Prosecuting barrister Karl Sholz told the court that Knowles was released from prison in September 2018.

In early January he told his probation officer that on New Year’s Eve he had met a teenage girl he believed to be 16 and an older teenage boy and invited them back to his home.

“He also disclosed that he had been having sexual thoughts about that young girl,” Mr Sholz said.

Knowles was seen again in January when a police officer was present.

He had put the girl’s phone number in his phone under the name of the male she was with but he said he was not friends with her on Facebook.

Knowles accessed the account on his mobile phone to show that he was not and it was then that it was noticed that he had opened the account in a name which was not registered with the police.

Mr Scholz said the prosecution had not proceeded with an allegation that he had been in touch with the young woman.

Knowles admitted breaching the terms of the sex offender register by opening the social media account in the name of Don Keogh.

Defending barrister Simon Killeen said that it was accepted that it was a deliberate breach.

He had been recalled to prison therefore it had to be a prison sentence.

But if there had been any real sinister reason for the offence then he would not have accessed the account on the phone which was registered with the police, Mr Kileen added.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told Knowles that it was a brazen breach of the notification requirements.

He posed a high risk of offending against other youngsters, the judge added.

Knowles was jailed for 30 weeks.

November 2012

North Wales child rapist jailed

A man who raped two children and sexually assaulted a third has been jailed for 12 years.

Don Paul Knowles, who tried to bribe some of his victims with sweets, must register as a sex offender for life.

And he was handed an indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) banning him from approaching his victims in the future.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said Knowles had blighted their lives.

The 33-year-old of Borthyn in Ruthin told Mold Crown Court he was a guilt ridden man who did not want to sexually abuse children, but had a compelling urge to do so.

Knowles conceded he needed psychiatric help.

He had behaved towards his victims in a totally depraved way and had taken advantage of them sexually – repeatedly raping two of them and sexually assaulting a third.

“The victims were very young and there was also an element of grooming,” the judge said.

The on-going effect on the children was hard to imagine.

Judge Rowland said Knowles would be given credit for his early guilty pleas.

If he had been convicted after a trial then he would have received 18 years, the judge warned.

The SOPO also prevents him from having any unsupervised contact with girls under 16.

Knowles admitted six charges of rape and two of sexual assault.

Mark Connor, prosecuting, said that Knowles was arrested and admitted taking advantage of three children sexually.

He had on occasions bribed his victims with sweets.

Henry Hills, defending, said his client was a guilt ridden man who wanted to use his time in custody to “change for the better”.

It had to be accepted Knowles was a significant risk of serious harm at present.

But he said that risk could be managed by a determinate sentence.

When released from prison he would be subjected to robust risk management.

The court heard the offences had a significant effect upon his victims and that one of them was due to receive counselling.