A 54-year-old sex offender was jailed this week over offences relating to indecent images of children.
Unemployed Brian Rogers, who stayed in Eastbourne following his release from prison in 2011, appeared in custody at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, having previously pleaded guilty to seven offences of making indecent images of children, failing to answer police bail, and failing to comply with the requirements of his Registered Sex Offenders order.
He was sentenced to four years imprisonment, with a six-year extended licence supervision requirement. Rogers, of no fixed address, is already a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) for life and subject of a Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) until further notice severely restricting his access to children and computers.
Rogers, who had no prior connection with Sussex, came to stay in Eastbourne and Brighton after he was released from prison in 2011 having served the latest of three periods of imprisonment for sexual assaults on young children whose families he had befriended elsewhere in the UK. During their supervision of Rogers as a sex offender, officers in Brighton discovered that he had material which indicated a sexual interest in children. The SOPO was obtained whilst an investigation began into his activities. He failed to answer his bail in early 2013. Enquiries were made to find Rogers and his details circulated to every police force in the UK and beyond via Interpol. Although there was no evidence of immediate threat to the wider public, police believed that based on his previous history and on information that had come to light as part of police enquiries in Brighton, that Rogers might try to befriend families of young girls and boys, and there was a concern that he might manipulate such relationships for his own advantage.
Police released his photo and description in late August and within 24 hours he had been spotted sleeping rough by a member of the public in central London. There is no evidence that he has carried out any contact offending anywhere in the country. The images involved in the case came from the Internet and are not believed to be of local children.
Detective Sergeant Paul Davison said, “This case sends a message to other convicted offenders that they will be supervised and checked upon and any suspicions will be followed up, so that we can prevent further children becoming victims.”