March 2018

Sex offender Robert Bourne jailed for touching himself at swimming pool

An already convicted paedophile performed indecent acts on himself while following young children through the water in a Bromsgrove swimming pool.

Robert Bourne, who had removed the lining of his swimming shorts to ‘facilitate’ his behaviour, was jailed at Worcester Crown Court on Monday after being caught in the act at a town fitness centre.

The 57-year-old, of Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, admitted two counts of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child, first on January 28 this year and again a few days later on February 4.

Not guilty verdicts were entered on two similar offences, which will lie on file.

The victim on the first occasion was just 11 years old, while children on the second occasion were not identified.

Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said: “The child reported that she appeared to be being followed by him around the swimming pool.

“When she went underwater she observed this defendant with his hands in his swimming shorts. “She described him pulling and squeezing his penis, which was exposed.

“He was looking at her and following her around the pool.”

The girl complained to her mother and CCTV later confirmed the defendant was present at the relevant time. Underwater footage was then examined.

“[Bourne] could be seen following children around the pool,” said Mr Whitfield.

“He has been seen on CCTV to target and follow young children around while he interferes with himself below the surface.”

It was also noted that Bourne had turned up at the pool on ‘family friendly days’.

When police arrested him on February 22, officers found he had removed the lining from his swimming shorts.

Bourne had four previous convictions for nine sexual offences, including possession of extreme pornography, making indecent images of children and has received suspended prison sentences for breaching the terms of his sexual harm prevention order.

Bourne was jailed for 18 months and must sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

March 2017

Tardebigge sex offender spared jail

A sex offender from Tardebigge has been spared jail after breaking the terms of his court ban.

Robert Bourne, 56, of Hewell Lane, was handed the sexual offences prevention order in March 2013 for possessing indecent images, but broke it when he was seen in a coffee shop with a young girl, Worcester Crown Court heard today.

The order restricted his use of the internet and also prevented him from being in the company of children under the age of 16 without the approval of social services, Nicholas O’Brien, prosecuting, told the court.

Bourne admitted both breaches.

Michael Aspinall, defending, said Bourne had gone to the coffee shop with a friend, when the family arrived unexpectedly. He said they were all together for around 10 minutes in a public place.

On the second occasion, he was given a lift by them and the girl was in the car for a journey lasting less than five minutes, Mr Aspinall said.

“He accepts he should have told them he was not allowed to be with the girl and that he has been stupid,” said Mr Aspinall. “These offences were foolish but were not intended to cause distress or harm.”

Bourne was a carer for his son who suffered from back problems and had recently found work as a pest controller, the court heard.

Judge Nicolas Cartwright sentenced Bourne to 32 weeks in custody, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

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