June 2017: Browne will be released today, and is likely to return to the Exeter area

November 2008

Paedophile jailed for sexually abusing young girls over prolonged periods

A paedophile who claimed he was sleepwalking when he assaulted two girls has been jailed for 13 years.

Jack Browne, 42, escaped prosecution after the first girl, then aged 12, called Childline, and went on to abuse the second girl from the age of five to 15, Exeter crown court heard


October 2008

Man, 42, guilty of raping child

A MAN convicted of child rape and other sex offences has been warned that he faces an “immediate and substantial prison sentence”.

Jack Browne, 42, was found guilty of rape, attempted rape and 10 indecency charges, after a week-long trial at Exeter Crown Court.

Browne of Copplestone Drive, Exeter, was remanded in custody while a report is prepared on him to assess the danger he poses to children and the public.

He was told by Judge Jeremy Griggs: “You have been convicted on all 12 charges which include rape and attempted rape of a minor.

“It is inevitable that you will receive an immediate and substantial prison sentence and, because of the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the court has to look at the issue of dangerousness.

“Because of the sentence the court will be passing I am remanding you in custody.”

The offences took place in the 1990s and continued into the early 2000s

The judge told Browne that he would have to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, would be banned from working with children and would further be made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order when he was sentenced.

During the trial, the court heard that the offences involved two girls and had taken place over a 10-year period.

One of the victims had contacted Childline and the other eventually told her mother what had been going on.

One girl, giving evidence, said she had been scared to confide in anyone when Browne was allegedly abusing her.

“I was afraid nobody would believe me,” she said.

Describing why she went to police, she said: “I had recurring nightmares because of it. I didn’t trust men.”

She added: “I couldn’t let him hurt another girl.”