April 2015

Convicted sex offender found naked in flat with schoolboy

A convicted sex offender breached the terms of a court order by being in his flat with a teenage boy.

Preston Crown Court heard how the youngster, who was under 16, answered a knock at the door of flats on Church Street when police called round.

The defendant, Roger Fox, was found inside one of the flats, lying in bed, naked from the waist down.

By being with the boy, he was breaking the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which bars him from having unsupervised contact with anyone under 16.

The 67-year-old appeared for sentencing, having admitted two breaches of the SOPO.

Charles Brown, prosecuting, said the order had been made in May 2013.

Police went to the defendant’s address on Church Street on the evening of January 12 this year.

A teenage boy answered the knock at the door and took the officers to Fox’s flat, saying he had just come from there.

He said the defendant was in the bedroom.

Fox was found lying in bed, covered by a duvet over his naked lower half. Police traced a relative of the boy who indicated that no consent would have been given for him to be alone with the defendant.

In police interview Fox denied breaching the SOPO.

He said he didn’t know how the boy came to be in his flat.

He spoke of having got back home at 6pm and then going to bed.

Mr Brown said: “He maintained he had no idea the boy was in his flat when he was asleep.

“He claimed he was wearing his underpants in bed.”

He admitted having been with him on two occasions.

Mr Brown added: “There is no suggestion that there has been any sexual misbehaviour with this boy”.

His previous convictions included a three-year community rehabilitation order, made in October 2003, for offences of indecent assault.

He also apparently had two convictions for breaching a SOPO.

Judge Michael Byrne decided to adjourn the case to obtain the dates of Fox’s previous orders, their terms and the conduct which prompted the orders being made.

Defence barrister Chris Hudson said: “This is a chap who ought to be dealt with sooner rather than later.”

The judge said: “This is a third breach and his fourth for sexual offending. It is a serious matter.”

Fox was remanded in custody for sentencing to take place on May 8.