December 2019

Repeat sex offender, 25, jailed for relationship with ‘vulnerable’ 15-year-old in Dundee

A “high risk” Dundee predator who had sex with an underage girl after meeting her at a party has been jailed.

Registered sex offender Mitchell Owen invited the “vulnerable” 15-year-old to his home in Charleston and told her it was a “house rule” she could not wear a top.

Owen, 25, knew the girl’s age but was driven by his “own emotional and sexual needs”, the court was told.

The alarm was raised by a teacher at the girl’s school after she was overheard saying that she was in a relationship with an older man, then told the same teacher she had lost her virginity to Owen.

Repeat offender Owen, who has previous convictions for sexual offences involving young females, exchanged messages with the Angus teenager on Facebook before having sex with her on February 5.

The court heard Owen is considered to be a “high risk” sex offender by police.

His solicitor, Jim Laverty said: “He pled guilty and this plea saved a number of witnesses from giving evidence, particularly a vulnerable witness who was the complainer in this case.

“Custody may not be the best way forward for the longer term protection of the public.

“Whilst the Moving Forward Making Changes rehabilitation programme is available in a custodial setting, my understanding is that its availability is limited and it is not as available as it would be in the community.”

However, Sheriff Martin-Brown jailed Owen for 20 months and placed him on the sex offenders register for ten years.

She told him: “I take into account your limited record, however, the offences you were previously convicted of were analogous.

“You were aware of the victim’s young age but you did not care because you were driven by your  own emotional and sexual needs. A custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Owen, of Charleston Drive, was also made subject to a five-year sexual offences prevention order, which prohibits him from having unsupervised contact with females under the age of 17.

He will also be banned from having more than one internet-connected device and will have to submit the device to regular police checks.

November 2019

Dundee predator told teen he had sex with it was ‘house rule’ she had to take top off

A predator branded “high risk” by police is facing jail for having sex with an underage girl.

Registered sex offender Mitchell Owen, 25, admitted targeting the 15-year-old after first meeting her on Hogmanay last year.

The pervert, who has previous convictions for sexual offences involving young females, exchanged messages with the Angus teenager on Facebook before having sex with her at his home in Charleston.

Owen told her that it was a “house rule” that she couldn’t have a top on.

Prosecutor Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “The complainer was made aware that the accused was 24 and he was aware of her true age.

“Over Facebook Messenger, the accused would ask if he would visit her.

“The complainer travelled to Dundee and met him at the train station.

“They went to the accused’s address and as soon as she arrived, he began being intimate with her.”

The alarm was raised by a teacher at the girl’s school after she was overheard saying that she was in a relationship with a 24-year-old man.

She admitted to the same teacher that she lost her virginity to Owen.

Owen, of Charleston Drive, pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with the girl when she was underage on February 5 this year.

The court heard Owen is considered to be a “high risk” sex offender by police and has previous convictions at High Court-level.

Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown deferred sentence on Owen until next month for social work reports to be prepared.

He was remanded in custody.