June 2016

Paedophile found with more illegal images, while in custody

A convicted paedophile sent to Stockton Hall for psychiatric treatment had illegal sexual pictures of children on his ward, York Crown Court heard.

Staff found an MP3 player in Jonathan Bowen’s room when they searched it on March 2, 2015, said David Hall, prosecuting.

On it were 1,270 illegal sexual images of children, as well as 128 prohibited images of children and 272 extreme pornographic images. Police also found 43 nudist images of children and 449 other pictures of children in swimwear or little clothing.

“It is clear the defendant has a profound interest in pre-teen children,” said Mr Hall.

Bowen, 51, formerly of Telford and now back in prison, pleaded guilty to having indecent images of children, prohibited images of children and extreme pornography.

He is currently subject to an indeterminate sentence for public protection, which means that he cannot be released until the Parole Board decides he is no longer a danger to the public. He was given it at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 2010 for 14 sexual offences including filming himself raping a three-year-old child, posting the film on the internet and having 13,000 indecent images of children.

He has been either in prison or Stockton Hall ever since.

Recorder Euan Duff said in practical terms, the sentence for the Stockton Hall offences will be taken into account when the Parole Board decide if he can be released. The Stockton Hall offences were serious because they were committed while he was in custody. The judge jailed Bowen for 30 months. Bowen is already on the sex offenders’ register for life and subject to other orders.

The judge said four of the illegal images were of the most serious kind and the vast majority had been of the least serious kind.

Bowen’s barrister Kay Driver said his room at Stockton Hall had been searched every month, so it was unlikely he had had the images for more than a month. He had not been charged with making the photographs and expert evidence showed they had not been created before January 21, 2015.

He had an emotionally unstable personality disorder and suffered recurrent depressive episodes for which he was receiving treatment. He was very much a “work in progress”, she said of his mental condition.

Bowen had been transferred under civil powers to the hospital from prison and had been returned to prison because the doctors there decided he no longer needed treatment at Stockton Hall.

October 2011

Telford paedophile’s appeal thrown out by judges

A paedophile from Telford who filmed himself raping a toddler before posting the video on the internet has had his claims he was wrongly convicted thrown out by top judges.

Jonathan Neil Bowen, 46, of Bricklin Mews, Hadley, was jailed indefinitely for public protection at Shrewsbury Crown Court in March last year after he admitted the rape of a child under 13, sexual assault and making and distributing indecent images of children.

But, despite admitting the offences both in police interview and in court, Bowen now claims at least two of his convictions are ‘unsafe’ and wrote to judges from his prison cell pleading for them to be overturned.

Bowen claimed he had mistakenly admitted at least two offences and should have been given a chance to examine the charges and change his plea before he was sentenced.

Three senior judges, sitting at London’s Court of Appeal, ruled it was too late for Bowen to change his mind and dismissed his ‘meritless’ claims.

Officers found more than 13,000 indecent images of children on his computer. These included videos of Bowen carrying out sex acts on a child believed to be three years old.

March 2010

Man jailed over child sex offences

A 45-year-old Telford man who committed a number of sexual offences against a child, including rape, has been sentenced to an indeterminate prison term to protect the public.

Jonathan Neil Bowen of Bricklin Mews, Hadley, was sentenced to a minimum term of 11 years in prison for the offence of rape and told the earliest he would be able to apply for parole would be in five-and-a-half years.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday Judge Robin Onions told Bowen: “Only you will know how you allowed yourself to get into this situation. It is about as bad a case of its type as I have come across as a judge. I am convinced that you are a substantial risk of serious harm to children you come into contact with.

“Your risk is of such a degree and nature that there should be an assessment by the parole board to see when, if ever, you should be released.”

Bowen previously admitted oral rape of a girl under the age of 13, seven charges of making indecent photographs of children, five charges of distributing indecent images of children and one count of sexual assault. All of the offences took place between 2004 and 2009.

He was sentenced to three years and four months for the sexual assault and two years on each remaining count to run concurrently with each other and with the 11-year sentence.

Mr Daniel White, for Bowen, said: “He is utterly ashamed of his behaviour. He tells me not a day has gone by that he doesn’t wish he was not here.”