June 2019

Sex offender who poses serious risk to public jailed for five years

A serial sex offender with a long history of ignoring court orders has been jailed for five years because of the serious risk he poses to the public.

He was banned from having a phone without telling police about it but was found with one containing child pornography, a court heard.

Lee Rowett, 36, admitted possessing and making indecent images of children between September 25, 2017 and January 19 last year.

He also admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order made in August 2013.

Keith Allen, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police went to Rowett’s home after receiving information.

He was discovered to have a mobile phone but he was banned from this unless he notified the details to the police.

The phone contained 123 indecent images of children, 11 of them in the most serious category, and he admitted slipping back into his past ways.

He had convictions for possessing and making indecent images of children, breaching a previous court order and sexual activity with a child.

Rowett, of Buckingham Street North, Scunthorpe, had been jailed on earlier occasions, including for three years.

Kylie Peach, mitigating, said Rowett made admissions and pleaded guilty.

Recorder Bryan Cox QC told Rowett: “You have got a long history of committing offences of a similar nature and you have demonstrated that you will not respond to non-custodial options and court orders.

“You have committed numerous breaches of sexual harm prevention orders in the past.”

There was a significant risk that Rowett would commit further offences in the future.

Rowett will be on extended licence of three years after his release from prison.

He was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

August 2013

Jail for man who admitted sexually touching girl

A MAN has been jailed for three years after he admitted sexually touching a girl.

Lee Rowett, 30, of Mill Lane, Kirton in Lindsey, also admitted 10 offences of making indecent images of children, one of possessing such images and three of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Simon Kealey, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Rowett had been given a three-year community order and a 10-year sexual offences prevention order at the same court in April 2011 for making and possessing indecent images of children.

But American investigators working to protect children discovered that he had an e-mail account with a social networking site.

They found that 250 indecent images had been transferred to an account traced to Rowett.

A total of 2,066 images of children were found on a laptop. Most had been deleted.

Sixteen images were also found of a girl who had been sexually assaulted by Rowett, said Mr Kealey.

Craig Lowe, mitigating, said Rowett had shown genuine remorse at an early stage and had been extremely open with the authorities.

Rowett was told to register as a sex offender for life.

The prison sentence included a consecutive eight months for breaching the original community order.