June 2017

Cobridge child rapist met a woman with 10-year-old sister on internet

Child rapist Roger Westwood breached a court order by using the internet to meet a woman with a 10-year-old sister.

The 44-year-old pervert was jailed for six years in 2004 for raping a child under 16.

As part of the sentence he was placed on the sexual offenders’ register for life and has to notify the police of his whereabouts annually.

And in 2010 the defendant was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) after he used the internet to form relationships with females who had children.

But Westwood was three days late signing on the sex offenders’ register prompting a visit from cops. And police found evidence on two mobile phones that he breached the SOPO by visiting pornographic sites on the internet and he formed a relationship with a woman in the Philippines who had a 10-year-old sister.

Now Westwood has been handed a suspended jail sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Fiona Cortese said the defendant had to complete his annual notification with the police on February 1 but only registered on February 4.

She said police arrested the defendant at his Shelton home at 1.10pm on March 5.

Miss Cortese said: “Officers asked to look at his internet devices. The history showed he had used searches such as ‘teen’ and ‘young’. He told the police he had been viewing adult pornography. He was asked about a telephone number in the Philippines. He said it was a chat line.

“He handed them a second mobile and said the female was a girlfriend. She was 20 and lived in the Philippines. They met on the internet and she had a younger sister aged 10.

“He had been deleting his WhatsApp messages.”

In his police interview the defendant accepted he registered late. He said he understood the terms of the SOPO and admitted breaching prohibitions.

Westwood, of Kirby Street, Cobridge, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register and breaching a SOPO.

Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Westwood to four months in prison, suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 40 days. He was fined £200 for failing to comply with notification requirements and was ordered to pay £800 costs.