May 2010

Judge ‘dismayed’ at sex offender’s lack of treatment in jail

A JUDGE has criticised the lack of treatment given in prison to a habitual sex offender who committed further crimes within days of his release.

Derby Crown Court heard how David Jones exposed himself to a woman just five days after being freed from a jail sentence for sexual assault.

He offended twice more in the following month before he admitted his crimes to a probation officer.

His lawyer, James Cleary, said it was “troubling” that Jones had not been on any courses to help his inappropriate behaviour while he had been in prison.

The court heard Jones had previously been convicted of indecent exposure in 1992, 1994 and 1999.

He was not jailed for these offences.

But, in February 2008, he was jailed for 30 months for sexual assault by touching a female. He was released on licence on July 19 last year.

Gillian Foxcroft, prosecuting, said the three offences committed by Jones last year were all in Derby River Gardens in the city centre.

On July 24, he exposed himself to a 45-year-old woman by pulling down his tracksuit bottoms.

On August 19, a 34-year-old woman was cycling along the footpath when Jones walked towards her, holding his trousers down and exposing himself.

Five days later, she was cycling in the opposite direction when she saw Jones again, this time exposing his hip and thigh.

Jones, 34, of Bass Street, Derby, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent exposure and one of attempted indecent exposure.

The court heard he had one-to-one help from a supervising officer after he was sentenced for the sexual assault but had not had any other rehabilitation work.

Mr Cleary said: “This has not addressed his underlying issues.

“He knows he needs help. He wants it. He can only hope that some form of course or intervention to meet his own intellectual capacity is found.”

Mr Cleary said Jones’ behaviour arose from loneliness and low self-esteem.

Jailing Jones for three years and two months, Judge Amjad Nawaz said: “I’m dismayed to find that, while you’ve been in custody for some time now, no further work under the sexual offenders’ programme has been carried out with you.

“In my view, you should be made a matter of urgency subject to the sex offenders’ treatment programme.”

Jones must sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

After the hearing, a Prison Service spokeswoman said: “Before they attend a programme, prisoners have to be inducted into the regime of the prison, assessed as to their risks and needs, a sentence plan drawn up and then work with the offender prioritised accordingly.

“There may be needs such as substance misuse or education issues which need to be addressed prior to participation in a sex offender programme.”