January 2021

Man jailed for Exeter sex attacks on two women

A convicted paedophile has been jailed for raping one woman and sexually assaulting another.

Robert Prout, 35, of Hawthorn Road, Exeter, was recorded by one of his victims apologising after he assaulted her in September 2017.

Prout, who denied rape and assault by penetration, was found guilty of both and jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Prout was already a registered sex offender when he carried out the attacks having been jailed in 2013 for sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

Sentencing him at Exeter Crown Court, Judge Timothy Rose, said: “Rape is a horrendous act of violation.”

He said: “You have shown no remorse and have inflicted great damage on both these individuals.”

The jury was told the rape dated back to 2017.

Prout met the woman in a pub in Exeter. The pair, who had been drinking, later relaxed in the same bed watching TV and began kissing.

She stopped and told Prout it was a ‘really bad idea’. But Prout took off her pyjamas and raped her. She repeatedly told him to stop but he ignored her.

The second incident happened in May 2018.

Prout had been drinking with a group of people on Exeter Quay. His victim invited him back to her house with friends and the group shared a bong, listened to music and smoked.

Prout got angry at being told to sleep on the sofa. His victim could remember chatting to him in her room before falling asleep. When she woke she was horrified to find him on top of her.

Her friend came into the room and she regained her senses, having been woken by her shouting. She was naked with Prout on the bed and it was claimed he had stripped her. The police were called and Prout arrested at the scene.