Peter Rowell sentenced to six years imprisonment for sexual abuse of young girls

02/03/2012

Former TV and radio presenter Peter Rowell was today sentenced to six years imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court, made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Commenting on the case, CPS Senior District Crown Prosecutor Siân Sullivan said: "The Crown Prosecution Service take crimes of this nature very seriously and will prosecute wherever there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so. This is possible even when the offences took place some time ago, as in this case.

"Peter Rowell used his fame to exploit innocent, star-struck young girls. Today shows that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated by the justice system and offenders will be brought to justice, whoever they may be."

At a hearing on 13 January, Rowell pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault committed against five girls under 16, which occurred between 1989 and the early 1990s and to six counts of making indecent photographs of children ranging from levels one to four, five being the most serious category.

The Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) was issued with the following conditions:
1. You may not live with or otherwise cohabit with any girl who you reasonably believe to be under the age of 16. This does not apply to immediate members of your family.
2. You are prohibited from engaging in any unsupervised contact with any girl who you reasonably believe to be under the age of 16. This does not apply where the meeting is unsolicited, is of less than five minutes duration and is not repeated.
3. You may not join or participate in any charitable or voluntary organisation concerned with the welfare, entertainment or education of any girl under the age of 16.
These prohibitions are to remain in force until further order.

A SOPO must be proportionate, enforceable and comprehensible and it is therefore not possible to impose any conditions relating to the use of the internet as they would be impossible to enforce