March 2022

Paedophile failed to disclose offences to charity he did work for

A paedophile who groomed and abused young girls has been sent to jail after failing to disclose his offences to a charity.

Brian Alan Rowe did not disclose that he was a sex offender when he volunteered with DISC Newquay, a charity which helps people with issues such as homelessness, debt and addiction. Rowe had been washing dishes there.

During a home visit by the police on October 22 of last year, Rowe told officers that he had made an offence disclosure, which he was required to do after he was given a three-year community order and a sexual harm prevention order on August 6, 2021, when he appeared in court after breaching a sexual risk order.

It had been imposed after the steam railway enthusiast sexually abused two sisters at a steam rally.

However, Rowe, of Henver Road in Newquay, had not told DISC that he was a sex offender. This was discovered when his probation officer asked the charity.

Rowe, 55, had also failed several times to register at a police station within the requisite amount of time. He appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on Friday (March 18).

Sentencing him, Judge Robert Linford told Rowe that the court orders “are put in place in order to protect the public”.

Rowe was given a prison sentence of two years.