April 2021

Child sex offender ‘one step ahead’ of cops caught at Derby station

A convicted child sex offender is back behind bars after persistently not telling the police he is living at addresses where youngsters are present.

Derby Crown Court heard how Lewis Rylatt “kept himself one step ahead” of the authorities by moving from Derbyshire to Birmingham to Nottinghamshire.

But the law finally caught up with him when he was arrested at Derby’s Midland railway station.

Jailing the 22-year-old for 22 months, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You won’t tell anybody where you live and you are living with people who have children.

“You know you can’t do that and you lie and lie.

“You are putting children at risk and you are somebody who poses a considerable risk because of the fact that you won’t comply (with court orders).

“Nobody knows where you are and nobody knows what you have done because you won’t tell them.

“At the moment you have no intention of adhering to these orders. Every effort is being made to support you but you refuse to engage and the court has a duty to protect the public.”

Noel Philo, prosecuting, said Rylatt was handed a three-year community order in November 2018 for offences involving an underage girl.

He said as part of that he was placed on the sex offender register and was handed a sexual harm prevention order.

Mr Philo said under its terms he has to tell the police where he is living and that he is also not allowed to live at any address where children are present.

He said after breaching this a number of times previously, the defendant was jailed for 17 months in October 2019, but since being released partway through that sentence has breached it again.

Mr Philo said: “He keeps himself one step ahead all the time living at various locations including Birmingham, Derbyshire and Worksop.

“He gets in relationships with what the crown would say are vulnerable young women some of whom have young children.

“Ultimately, he was arrested in February 2021 at Derby (railway) station.”

Rylatt, of HMP Dovegate, pleaded guilty to breaching his sexual harm prevention order, a community order and the notifications terms of the sex offender register.

The details of his original offences from 2018 were not disclosed to the court, except they involved an underage girl.