Latest Offenders Worcestershire
Rob George 42
Newspaper editor admitted making indecent images of children.
Rowan Close, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61
THE editor of the Worcester Observer newspaper faces a potential jail sentence for making indecent photographs of children.
Rob George of Rowan Close, Bromsgrove, admitted three charges of making indecent photograph/pseudo photography of a child when he appeared in Courtroom 2 of Worcester Magistrates Court.
The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to making one category A image - the worst level identified within the sentencing guidelines.
He also admitted making two category B images and 36 category C images during the court hearing on Thursday, (February 15).
Magistrates heard the images were made between March 7, 2014, and October 14, 2021, in Bromsgrove.
Lauren Millichip, prosecuting, said: "The offence is aggravated by the age and vulnerability of the children, between one and eight-years-old."
The prosecutor added there were also moving images found in a video file.
James McAulay, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be completed before George is sentenced.
Roger Phillips, chairman of the magistrates bench, said the bench declined jurisdiction in the case, given the seriousness of it.
George, who was given unconditional bail, was told to attend his sentence which was scheduled to take place on Friday, March 15 at Worcester Crown Court.
The chairman told George magistrates were granting the report which he said would consider "all options" including custody.
George was also told he would immediately have to register on the sex offenders register, telling him to do this at Worcester Police Station.
George is listed as being the editor of Worcester Observer, Malvern Observer and Evesham Observer on their websites.
He has also worked as a reporter at the Bromsgrove Standard.
Adam Essex 41
Dangerous sex offender previously been found guilty of eight serious sexual offences including two counts of rape.
Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9
A dangerous sex offender from Droitwich has been sentenced to more than 20 years.
Adam Essex, aged 41 years from Droitwich, was handed the 26-year sentence at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday (28 November). He had previously been found guilty of eight serious sexual offences including two counts of rape, sexual assault by penetration, controlling and coercive behaviour with the threat of violence and witness intimidation.
The offences took place between August 2021 and April 2022 and the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on all eight charges.
The victim initially reported the crimes in March 2022 and the early investigation, led by DC Rachael Lynch from Worcester station, involved teams from patrol and CID, resulting in Essex being arrested on three separate occasions as further offences came to light.
He was charged and remanded with controlling and coercive behaviour on 11 April 2022. Following this charge, an extensive action plan was put in place to move the case forward to court.
DC Mark Wilson was asked to assist DC Lynch, finally leading to the Crown Prosecution Service authorising charging Essex with eight serious sexual offences.
Detective Inspector Sharon Wallace-Rathmell said: “This was an extremely challenging investigation and I’d like to congratulate DCs Lynch and Wilson, and the wider teams, for the dedication and commitment they have shown throughout, culminating in a long sentence for a dangerous sex offender.
"Officers who work in the field of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) can find themselves working on complex and multi layered cases which require resilience and perseverance. They are skilled and professional officers working with compassion and dedication to support victims and prosecute offenders and I thank them for their work.”
Essex will remain on the sex offenders register for life and will remain on licence for four years upon release from prison.
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Wayne Scarratt 28
Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14
A sex attacker raped a child at a country park - just two weeks after he was released from prison. Wayne Scarratt took the young victim's mobile phone, bank card and bus pass following the ordeal, leaving her stranded.
The girl was left with a fractured right cheek and collarbone and also suffered bruising to her right eye, face and foot. She managed to flag down a passing cyclist, who then reported the incident to police.
Officers found Scarratt, 28, hiding in a hedgerow in Malvern following the sick attack in Chasewater Country Park, near Burntwood, last August. He was arrested and later convicted of rape and other sexual offences after being found guilty by a unanimous jury on May 25 this year.
Scarratt, of Malvern, Worcestershire, was sentenced to 19 years behind bars at Stafford Crown Court for rape, assault by penetration, assault, theft and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order during a hearing on Monday, September 4. He will serve a minimum term of 12-and-a-half years behind bars.
Detective Constable Dan Hopkins, from Staffordshire Police, said: “I’d like to commend the survivor for her immense bravery throughout this entire investigation. I hope this sentence provides some sort of comfort for her and her family and it serves as an example to anyone who is a survivor that we are committed to securing justice.”
Lionel Wood 80
Vile sexual and physical abuse of a child.
Didbrook End, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12
The victim of vile sexual and physical cruelty as a child described the abuse she suffered as a ‘tattoo for all to see’.
The woman was in court on Monday (August 14) to see now 80-year-old Lionel Wood finally face justice for his years of abuse, committed when she was a child some four decades ago in Banbury.
In June, jurors at Oxford Crown Court heard how he repeatedly molested the girl, including subjecting her to what now would have been charged as oral rape of a child.
He was found guilty in less than an hour and a quarter of four counts of indecent assault.
In an impact statement read to the court by prosecutor Brian Reece, the victim said her earliest memories were of being physically and sexually abused by a man she ‘should have been able to trust’.
She described the abuse as making her feel like ‘damaged goods’, comparing it to a tattoo ‘for all to see’. “It’s something you can’t hide from,” she said.
The woman detailed how she had struggled with physical ill-health, difficulties with self-destructive substance misuse, depression, suicidal thoughts and a series of abusive relationships.
“[The defendant] made me feel intense fear, humiliation, like a possession to be controlled and used at will,” she said.
The girl was molested while she was alone with the defendant. The abuse developed, with the girl subjected to what would now have been charged as oral rape of a child but at the time was an offence called indecent assault.
In her impact statement, the victim detailed an awful catalogue of physical abuse at Wood’s hands, although he faced no criminal charges for physically assaulting the girl.
Recorder Samantha Presland jailed him for 14 years, telling the defendant: “What should have been happy childhood memories have been completely and utterly distorted.”
He will serve two-thirds of the sentence in custody before being eligible for release.
In mitigation, Catherine Ravenscroft said her client continued to deny wrongdoing and, since being remanded in prison after his trial, had made an attempt on his life.
He was particularly concerned for his elderly partner, who was in her 90s and for whom he was providing a significant amount of support before he was remanded in custody.
The judge imposed an indefinite restraining order, preventing Wood, of Broadway, Worcestershire, from contacting his victim for the rest of his life.
Having been jailed for 14 years, he will also remain on the sex offender register indefinitely.
Sam Rudge 29
Pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child.
Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12
A brave woman has told how her life was ruined by 'selfish' Sam Rudge after he took her virginity at a New Year's Eve party. The underage girl had been given alcohol before the incident, a court heard.
The victim suffered ill health and said what the then-teenage defendant, who is now 29, did to her “did not feel right”. The woman, who is from Derby, went to the police to report what happened to her at Rudge's hands.
Rudge, from Bewdley, denied the charges and only pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child on the second day of the trial. This meant she spent months worrying about having to face her abuser and give evidence. Her father read her hugely powerful victim impact statement to the court, DerbyshireLive reports.
In it she said: “Sam Rudge, you took away my innocence and you took advantage of my naivety. I was a child and I was physically and emotionally abused by you.
“Before I met you I was a happy person with a large group of friends and now I only have a small group of friends and only truly feel safe around my family. My life is constant flashbacks and I suffer panic attacks, anxiety and depression on a daily basis and have been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
“I now have multiple locks on my front door and need sleeping tablets to help me get through each 24-hour period. Although my physical health is poor, my mental health is much worse.
“My parents constantly have to go out of their way to help me and by not admitting your guilt to the police I went through three torturous years (waiting for the trial). My life has been ruined by your selfish abuse.
“My life has been in limbo up until this point and I hope I will see justice. Sam Rudge, you thought you had taken my power away from me but you did not. I am much stronger now and I will make sure you never do this to another woman again."
Sarah Phelan, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court, said Rudge abused the girl when she was a very young teen. She said: "At a New Year’s Eve party she was given alcohol and they were alone in a room. She was a virgin and described how the room was spinning and that he had sex with her.
"There was no foreplay, she experienced pain and said ‘it hurt, it did not feel special, it did not feel right’. The prosecutor said years later, when she was an adult, the victim reported what happened to her to the police and Rudge, of Severn Way, Bewdley, was arrested.
She said he answered "no comment" to the questions he was asked in the interview but later pleaded guilty to charges of sexual activity with a child. He has no previous convictions of any kind.
Stephen Tettey, mitigating, successfully argued that his client, who has been diagnosed with autism, could be managed in the community rather than being sent to immediate custody.
He said: "In his letter he says he is very sorry for the damage he has caused to the complainant. His pre-sentence report concludes that he presents a low risk (of reoffending)."
Judge Jonathan Bennett handed Rudge a two-year prison term, suspended for two years. Under its terms he must carry out 175 hours of unpaid work, attend 55 rehabilitation sessions and a 43-day sex offender treatment programme.
He also handed him a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed him on the sex offender register, also for 10 years.
The judge said: "It has been suggested to me that you have shown some remorse but I’m not actually convinced by that. Mr Tettey has given me your letter in which you are a little self-absorbed telling me about your difficulties.
"The complainant has to be commended, she has come forward and told the police of the terrible thing that happened to her when she was young."
Craig Watson 39
Raping 6-year old girl over 20 years ago.
Walter Nash Road West, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11
A man has been jailed after he raped a six-year-old girl in the 1990s. Craig Watson, now 39, was 14 or 15 at the time of the incidents, police said.
He was found guilty on March 30 this year of the rape and sexual assault of a girl in crimes carried out in 1998 and 1999. Watson, of Walter Nash Road West, Kidderminster, was jailed for two-and-a-half years on May 18.
Following the sentencing, Watson's victim was praised for her courage in coming forward. Det Con Matthew Harris, who led the investigation for West Mercia Police, said: "I'd like to commend the victim on her immense courage in coming forward to report what Watson.
"I'm pleased that justice has been done and that Watson will now rightly spend time in prison for his crimes. I hope this helps to show that we take all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously and will thoroughly investigate them regardless of how long ago they took place."
A spokesperson for the force added: "A man from Kidderminster has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for the rape and sexual assault of girl over 20 years ago. He will also be added to the sex offenders’ register for life.
"Craig Watson, 39, of Walter Nash Road West in Kidderminster, was sentenced on May 18, 2023 at Worcester Crown Court. He was found guilty on March 30 2023 following a four-day trial at Worcester Crown Court.
"Watson carried out the crimes during 1998 and 1999 when the girl was just six-years-old and he was 14 to 15-years-old."
Michael Sefton 60
Admitted two offences of sexual assault and exposure.
Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10
A MAN will have to wait even longer to hear his fate.
We reported earlier this year that Michael Sefton, previously of Pershore, admitted two offences of sexual assault and exposure.
The court previously heard Sefton intentionally touched a woman sexually without her consent and exposed his genitals - intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm or distress - at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on April 25 last year.
The 60-year-old appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, (June 2), expecting to be sentenced.
But at the start of the hearing Michael Aspinall, prosecuting, explained Sefton, of Stanhope Way, Great Barr, Birmingham, had admitted a further offence of sexual assault of a similar nature at Worcester Magistrates Court last week, .
In that hearing magistrates chose to wait for the outcome of the crown court matters before sentencing and kept the matter at magistrates court.
The prosecutor asked for an adjournment so the matters could be tied together with Jason Aris, defending, supporting that application.
Recorder John Benson KC agreed to the adjournment so that magistrates could send the other matter up to the high court.
The judge told Sefton, who was given unconditional bail, to return to the crown court for his sentencing on July 14.
Lee Greenhill 46
Paedophile committed a string of sex offences.
St Cecilia Close, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10
A paedophile from Kidderminster has been jailed over a string of sex offences. Lee Greenhill, aged 46, of St Cecilia Close, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to six separate offences.
They included attempting to engage in sexual communication with children, possessing indecent images of children and possession of images portraying sexual acts with an animal. Greenhill was arrested on January 17 of this year after West Mercia Police received information he had engaged with two girls on the internet, both under 16.
During the conversations, Greenhill used photos of other young men and pretended that he was a rich businessman, West Mercia Police said. He showed the children photos of luxury yachts and cars telling the children that he would take them on them.
The conversations included that Greenhill intended to have sexual intercourse with the children and included the sending of explicit pictures and videos to them. Following his arrest, examinations were carried out on all his devices, which provided further evidence.
Greenhill was charged on January 18, despite denying the offences during his police interview. He later pleaded guilty to:
Alongside his prison sentence, Greenhill has also been added to the sex offenders’ register for life. He was shamed as he posed in his mugshot wearing a Wolverhampton Wanderers football shirt.
Detective Sergeant Dave Meyer, from the Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team at West Mercia Police, said: "I’m pleased that Greenhill will now face the consequences for his actions, and will rightly be identified as a sex offender for life. There is no doubt that he poses a threat to young people and without our intervention may have gone on to groom others online, escalating his behaviour towards contact offending, something we work day-in and day-out to prevent.
"This case is testament to the fact that our close relationships with partners in regional organised crime units, children’s services and the charitable sector are paying dividends in our fight to protect children online."
David Gilks 31
Rapist has been found guilty of an attack on a second woman.
Sayers Avenue, Malvern, WR14
A CONVICTED rapist has been found guilty of an attack on a second woman and now faces even longer behind bars.
David Gilks of Sayers Avenue, Malvern was convicted of a second rape by a jury just before Christmas and falls to be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, February 17.
The 30-year-old sex offender carried out the rape against an adult woman in September 2019.
Gilks denied the offence but was convicted by the jury on December 23 last year. The case was then adjourned for sentence. He remains in custody until he is sentenced later this month. Time spent on remand is deducted from any custodial sentence imposed by the court.
He also has a previous conviction for rape from September 2014 which is taken as an aggravating feature by the courts. This attack was also against an adult woman.
West Mercia Police has applied for a sexual harm prevention order which, for the first time, contains a positive requirement other than prohibitions.
Officers and civilian staff with an intimate knowledge of the case stressed that it would be for a judge sitting in the crown court to decide whether the draft order they had requested would be granted.
The positive requirement would require Gilks to inform West Mercia Police of information which they believe would better help them monitor his behaviour in the community upon release.
Although a sexual harm prevention order is a civil order, breaching it is a criminal offence and can bring sex offenders back before a court where they may face more draconian measures to monitor and control their behaviour or, potentially, a further custodial sentence.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We are committed to protecting women and girls from sexual violence and harm using every tool at our disposal, especially civil orders."
She said West Mercia Police was committed to using new legislation to protect the public in South Worcestershire.
We have previously reported how police and crime commissioner John Campion has highlighted the impact of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) on society with a focus on educating, encouraging a societal change, engaging with the community and empowering women and girls.
VAWG has featured heavily in the headlines in the last year following the tragic death of Sarah Everard with the second anniversary of her murder next month.
Daniel Barrett 43
Climbed onto a flat roof to film a teenage couple having sex and also performed a sex act in front of a young girl in a tent.
Bewdley Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11
A PERVERT who secretly filmed teenagers having sex and took naked photos of young girls made the mum of one victim 'physically sick'.
Daniel Barrett, also known as 'Bill', even climbed onto a flat roof to film a teenage couple having sex and also performed a sex act in front of a young girl in a tent.
The 42-year-old of Bewdley Street, Evesham, showed no emotion as he was jailed for 33 months at Worcester Crown Court on Monday. One victim described 'suicidal thoughts' while the mother of a victim threw up when she learned the defendant had filmed her daughter having sex.
He had previously admitted four counts of voyeurism which had three separate victims in total and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child which he only accepted on what have been the first day of his trial. This 'plea at the door of the court', though entered late, did spare one victim having to give evidence.
Jonathan Veasey-Pugh, prosecuting, said one of the children he filmed would have been either nine, 10, 11 or 12 at the the time of the offence and the other would have been 14, 15 or 16. The voyeurism offences took place between February 23, 2006 and February 22, 2009 and again between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
An iPhone and a computer were seized during the course of the investigation.
Mr Veasey-Pugh described how one victim saw a light and found a camera hidden in a pile of clothes. The video on the camera even showed the defendant placing it there.
Barrett also performed a sex act upon himself in a tent in front of a child. "He made eye contact with her. She made eye contact with him" said Mr Veasey-Pugh.
The whole incident lasted five minutes. Photos of a girl naked from the top down were found on the defendant's computer as was a video of a girl having sex with her boyfriend when she was an adult. The defendant's brother ultimately brought the matters to the attention of the authorities in 2020.
Barrett had filmed a teenage couple having sex by placing the phone on a window ledge, admitting that he had done this for his own gratification. In interview he accepted he was 'fascinated generally with teenage girls'.
In a victim impact statement one of the complainants 'talks of anxiety, stress and suicidal thoughts', said the prosecutor. After discovering a video had been made of her daughter having sex, the mum of one victim said: "I was violently sick."
"The defendant's mother also has some rather robust things to say about the defendant" said the prosecutor, although he did not disclose her words in open court.
Judge Nicholas Cole spoke of the impact upon the victims and upon the mother who learned what had happened. "One can only imagine the horror and disgust that her mother experienced observing this video and to know that you had made it and stored it on your computer for your own sexual gratification."
He made a restraining order to prohibit any contact with the victims until further order. A sexual harm prevention order will restrict his contact with children and his use of the internet and electronic devices for an indefinite period. Barrett must sign the sex offender register and is subject to notification requirements, again indefinitely.
The forfeiture and destruction of the computer was ordered. Barrett was told he could expect to serve half his sentence in custody and half in the community on licence.
Daniel Jones 30
Raped a woman while on bail for the rape of another woman.
Hancocks Lane, Welland, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14
A Worcestershire man has been jailed for rape.
Daniel Jones, 28, of Hancocks Lane, Welland, was sentenced to 17 years in prison at Worcester Crown Court today (Friday 12 November).
In April 2020 Jones contacted a woman on the social media app Whisper. He travelled to meet her in Norfolk, raped her and stole her wedding and engagement rings.
Then in January 2021, following further interaction on social media, he drove to meet a women in Somerset, took her back to his home address and raped her.
Very bravely, the victims came forward to officers who were able to identify Jones and arrest him.
Following investigations, he was subsequently charged with two counts of rape and found guilty at a trial in October 2021.
Detective Constable Carl Shenton said: I would like to thank the victims for coming forward and giving their evidence, as well as the bravery they have shown in doing so.
Hopefully this sentence will offer them some sort of closure and allow them to move forward with their lives.
We urge anyone with any concerns about an incident either recently or in the past to get in touch.
We investigate all reports we receive and anyone making a report is offered full and comprehensive support from specialist staff.
You can contact the West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre on 03456 461188.
Richard Tate 36
A paedophile has been jailed for 18 years for what detectives described as 'horrific offences that destroyed a young life'.
Redditch, Worcestershire, B98
Richard Tate, 34, pleaded guilty to seven counts of rape at Worcester Crown Court yesterday(Thursday October 28).
The offences took place between last year and this year.
Tate pleaded guilty in September to the charges but was sentenced yesterday.
In February, West Mercia Police launched a public appeal to help locate Tate, who went missing from Redditch and had been last seen on February 19.
Detective Sergeant Paul Willetts said: “Tate committed these horrific offences against a child over a period of time to gain sexual gratification and destroyed a young life.
“I would like to pay tribute and commend the victim in this harrowing case for alerting the police to Tate’s crimes, which has allowed us to bring him to justice. We hope the conviction and this substantial prison sentence will bring some measure of comfort.”
Darren Wheatley 58
20 offences of rape of a child under 13.
Lion Street, Kidderminster, DY1
A man has been sentenced to 24 years for child sex offences.
Darren Wheatley was given the sentence on Tuesday, 22 December, at Worcester Crown Court after he had been found guilty on Friday 18 December.
The 55 year old, from Lion Street, Kidderminster, had been charged with 20 offences of rape of a child under 13 and will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The sentencing follows an investigation by Kidderminster CID.
Detective Sergeant Iain Standing said: “This was an especially disturbing case and I’m pleased this man will now face a considerable amount of time in prison for his vile actions.
“It has taken great courage and bravery for his victims to come forward and face the personal challenges of a trial.
“I also hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence to report their ordeal in the knowledge that they will be listened to and supported. Police will always investigate and do everything in their power to bring offenders like this to justice.”
Nathan Stanley 25
Pleaded guilty to six counts of child related sexual offences.
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. B6
Nathan Stanley, aged 22, from Bromsgrove was sentenced to four years in prison at Worcester Crown Court earlier this week and will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for the rest of his life. He had pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Stanley was also subjected to an eight-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. West Mercia Police has now released an image of the then 19-year-old following his arrest on May 12, 2017. The smirking, ruffled haired suspect was brought in for questioning after a victim came forward.
Investigating officers subsequently identified a number of other vulnerable children who had fallen prey to his devious acts. Today their bravery in coming forward and help to put Stanley behind bars was commended by Detective Lisa Duncan who expressed hope it may encourage other victims of similar crimes to speak out.
She said: "I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work by my officers in dealing with this case and tracing a number of the victims involved. Moreover, I want to pay tribute to the courage and bravery of every single victim in coming forward to provide evidence of Mr Stanley’s offending.
“I hope this case encourages other victims to speak out against those who have abused them in order to gain the justice they deserve and prevent further dangerous offending. We want victims to know that we will always treat their reports seriously, they will be listened to and we will do all we can to bring them the justice they are owed."
The officer also issued a warning to parents about the dangers of their children using the internet on the back of the case. Det Insp Duncan added: "Stanley is a predator who preyed on vulnerable members of our community and has rightly been brought to justice.
"He targeted children using false profiles on social media platforms and incited children to engage in sexual communications and activity which he knew was wrong both morally and legally."
Kevin Friend 64
Indecent assault and sexual assault.
Weston Road, Bretforton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11
AN EVESHAM man has been jailed after a police investigation into historic sexual abuse which dated back to the 1970s.
Kevin Friend, 60 of Weston Road was sentenced to nine years behind bars when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (August 23).
The offences were reported to police when three different victims came forward a decade later.
One of the victims said in her impact statement: This stopped me moving forwards and I have lived in limbo until now.
Im just hoping that after this case is finished I can actually finally put this to bed.
Ive just moved on now I am the age that I am and Ive learnt to live with what happened.
Friend was convicted of two counts of indecent assault against two victims, which occurred when they were under 16, a sexual assault on an adult and a multiple count of indecent assault following an earlier hearing on 26 July. He was found not guilty of a further seven counts of indecent assault.
Friend targeted one of his victims, who was aged 14 at the time, between 1977 and 1979 with indecent assaults taking place in Chertsey. He was convicted of an indecent assault charge and a multiple count of indecent assault in relation to offences against the first victim.
The 60-year-old was convicted of indecently assaulting his second victim, who was aged 10 at the time, in Camberley between 1987 and 1990.
He was further convicted of sexually assaulting his third victim, a 22-year-old woman, in Evesham between 2004 and 2005.
Det Con Sharron Goodchild said: I would like to praise the victims for having the courage to speak out and ensure Friend was brought to justice for these heinous crimes.
We would not be where we are today without the resilience and bravery of the victims during our investigation. I hope that Friend being found guilty, as well as the sentence imposed today, will allow them to put this behind them and finally move on with their lives.
I also hope this will encourage others in a similar position to come forward and report it to us we will always carry out a full investigation, no matter how long ago the offences were committed.