Lewis Harrison – Repeat Sex Offender – Compulsive

A registered sex offender we first told you about months ago is back in trouble again after allegedly exposing himself to children.

Police say Lewis Harrison exposed himself to girls sitting on the front porch of a West Louisville home Sunday night, but it’s far from the first time police have had dealings with him.

Harrison’s record goes back to 1987. He has numerous arrests for indecent exposure, voyeurism and failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

He’s been charged before with pleasuring himself near pools and bus stops, but hasn’t spent much time behind bars for his alleged crimes.

The last time WHAS11 told you about 41-year-old Harrison, he had just been thrown in jail for allegedly pleasuring himself at a school bus stop.

A new victim is now speaking out about Harrison. Two teenage sisters say on Sunday, a stranger parked in the alley across from their home, then pretended to work on his car.

The girls say eventually the man began exposing and pleasuring himself. They called police, who arrested Lewis Harrison on felony charges of first degree indecent exposure, but this was not the first time.

Since 1987, Harrison has been charged repeatedly for sex crimes involving children, the charges include 14 counts of indecent exposure, voyeurism and failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

Police said Harrison had pornography, Vaseline and a camera in his car.

A mother in the complex also said Harrison attempted to abduct her young daughter. According to police reports, Harrison was sitting in his vehicle touching himself while watching small children swimming in Shelby Park pool. When officers took him into custody, he had a picture of his private parts attached to a note with his phone number on it.

Yet Harrison has spent relatively little time behind bars. The sexual abuse charge stemming from September’s arrest is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Yet Harrison pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to probation and time served only 13 days.

Harrison was arrested six months later after passing out in his vehicle with his exposed genitals in his hand.

Harrison is currently being held under a $5,000 full cash bond. He’ll be back in court on the latest charges on June 25th. His trial for another incident in March is scheduled for August.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Charles Paul – Repeat Sex Offender – On bail commits new sex crimes

A sex offender from Portsmouth, N.H., has been arrested again while awaiting sentencing on an earlier conviction.

Forty-2-year-old Charles Paul has been arrested five times since completing a 22-year sentence for rape last year. When he was convicted in April on a weapons charge, a judge declined to impose a suspended sentence and scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 1.

In the meantime, Paul was arrested last week and charged with eight new crimes, including felonious sexual assault. Prosecutor Jim Reams told the New Hampshire Sunday News he’s frustrated about the judge’s decision.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Charles Paul – Repeat Sex Offender – Sexual Assaults

Only weeks after someone urged Charles Paul to “get out of our town” through very public graffiti messages, the local sex offender was arrested again Wednesday on a new sexual assault charge and for possessing drugs police say he intended to sell.

Charles Paul, 43, of 21 Brewster St., Apt. 22B in Portsmouth is being held without bail after he allegedly fled from police on a bicycle and was discovered hiding in a park where he had buried several bags of marijuana.

Paul, who served a 22-year prison sentence for the rape and beating of a 16-year-old North Hampton girl, is slated to be arraigned this morning in Portsmouth District Court on eight new charges.

Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald said an alleged incident at his apartment on May 27 with an adult victim has Paul facing new felony charges of criminal restraint and attempt to commit second-degree assault along with misdemeanor charges of sexual assault, simple assault and criminal threatening.

Police did not release details about that incident, but characterized it as an “attack.”

MacDonald said police were granted an arrest warrant for Paul on the above charges and had also been investigating Paul for alleged drug dealing when a chase ensued on Wednesday in the Islington Street area.

MacDonald said police obtained a warrant to search Paul’s Brewster Street apartment on the alleged drug dealing allegations and traveled there at approximately 2:15 p.m.

The lieutenant said Paul was determined not to be home at the time of the search, but was later located in the area.

MacDonald said police approached him, but he fled on a bicycle.

Dispatch calls at 3 p.m. had several officers searching the area for Paul, but he was in custody about eight minutes later.

MacDonald said he was located in the Rock Street Park where police say he had buried 10-12 small bags of marijuana.

“We found him laying behind trees on the ground,” MacDonald said.

Police say they subsequently found drugs in his apartment, with Wednesday’s arrest producing a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled drug and resisting arrest.

MacDonald said Paul was out on bail and awaiting sentencing on a recent conviction for being a felon in possession of dangerous weapon (a knife) when he was arrested on the new charges.

The lieutenant said it is also believed Paul has suspended jail time from his previous rape case that could be implemented as a result of the new charges.

Paul is a registered sex offender who is known to police.

He was convicted of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Rockingham County Superior Court in February 1987 for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old North Hampton girl who police said he severely beat, raped and left for dead.

Paul had numerous run-ins with local law enforcement in 2008.

Having been released from prison in April of 2008 after nearly 22 years, Paul was arrested on Aug. 22, 2008, and charged with two felony counts of “prohibition from child care services of person convicted of certain offenses,” with those charges alleging he was in a caretaking role with two minor children at a Portsmouth residence on Aug. 15.

He was arrested on Oct. 25 and charged with a felony count of failing to provide police with written notification of a change in his employment as required by sex offender registration laws.

On May 15 police began taking reports that someone had been using black spray paint to write messages directed at Paul on several businesses on Islington Street.

Graffiti found on the walls of Olde Port Traders, Robbins Auto Parts, Klines Furniture Gallery and Celebrity Sandwich included a message saying: “CHARLY PAUL RAPES CHILDREN 20 YEARS GET OUT OF OUR TOWN.”

MacDonald said the graffiti has no tie with the charges stemming from the alleged May 27 attack, but noted they occurred while Paul was the subject of a police investigation for his alleged drug activity.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

William Ploof – Repeat Sex Offender – Jury decides not to let him create more victims


A jury has decided convicted child molester William Ploof is a sexually violent predator who’s likely to strike again if not kept behind bars for further treatment. The jury of four men and eight women returned their verdict at about 2:30 this afternoon after deliberating about 6½ hours.

The verdict means Ploof, despite having finished his 10-year criminal sentence for sexually assaulting a boy twice in the 1990s, will remain incarcerated at the state prison’s Secure Psychiatric Unit for up to five years for sex offender treatment.

He is the first person to be convicted under the state’s new sexual predator law since it took effect in 2007. In addition to his sexual assault that landed him in prison, Ploof has claimed 20 to 50 other sexual assault victims, some of them children, according to prison records.

Prosecutor Michael Valentine of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office has said he will ask Judge Gillian Abramson to sentence Ploof for the full five years. Ploof’s public defenders, Lisa Wolford and Anthony Sculimbrene, indicated this week they’ll ask for something less.

The law allows Ploof, 49, to appeal the jury’s verdict.

To keep Ploof behind bars, jurors had to conclude three things about Ploof: He suffers from pedophilia, the pedophilia makes him unable to control his urges and he’s likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

The other two requirements of the law – that Ploof has been previously convicted of a sexually violent offense and that he doesn’t have a mental disorder that qualifies him for commitment to the state hospital – were not in dispute at trial. Ploof’s qualifying offense was his sexual assault on a young boy in 1993 and 1997. He performed oral sex on the boy both times, first underwater while swimming and the second time while the boy was asleep, according to court records.

During four days of trial, Valentine and prosecutor Ross McLeod argued that Ploof is a pedophile who can’t control his urges and is therefore likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

They relied on Ploof’s sexual assault history, which he himself estimated included 20 to 50 adult and child victims, and his inability to complete sex offender treatment while in prison. Ploof quit the first time and was kicked out the second time for grabbing the crotch of another inmate.

The state also called as a witness psychologist Dr. Eric Mart, who evaluated Ploof and concluded he remains dangerous and is 30 to 48 percent likely to reoffend given his score on a recidivism test.

Ploofs own psychologist agreed with his score on the recidivism test

Ploof’s public defenders countered that with their own psychologist, Dr. Luis Rosell, who said Ploof has recovered from his pedophilia because he now says he’s attracted to teenage boys – not children. Rosell said Ploof has learned to avoid his high-risk behaviors like isolation and rationalization, and to stop himself from acting out if he does get a deviant urge.

In her closing yesterday, Wolford also challenged the validity and accuracy of the recidivism test Mart used and said the state relied too heavily on Ploof’s past and unfairly discredited the partial treatment he did get in prison.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

William Ploof – Repeat Sex Offender – Jury decides not to let him create more victims

A jury has decided convicted child molester William Ploof is a sexually violent predator who’s likely to strike again if not kept behind bars for further treatment. The jury of four men and eight women returned their verdict at about 2:30 this afternoon after deliberating about 6½ hours.

The verdict means Ploof, despite having finished his 10-year criminal sentence for sexually assaulting a boy twice in the 1990s, will remain incarcerated at the state prison’s Secure Psychiatric Unit for up to five years for sex offender treatment.

He is the first person to be convicted under the state’s new sexual predator law since it took effect in 2007. In addition to his sexual assault that landed him in prison, Ploof has claimed 20 to 50 other sexual assault victims, some of them children, according to prison records.

Prosecutor Michael Valentine of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office has said he will ask Judge Gillian Abramson to sentence Ploof for the full five years. Ploof’s public defenders, Lisa Wolford and Anthony Sculimbrene, indicated this week they’ll ask for something less.

The law allows Ploof, 49, to appeal the jury’s verdict.

To keep Ploof behind bars, jurors had to conclude three things about Ploof: He suffers from pedophilia, the pedophilia makes him unable to control his urges and he’s likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

The other two requirements of the law – that Ploof has been previously convicted of a sexually violent offense and that he doesn’t have a mental disorder that qualifies him for commitment to the state hospital – were not in dispute at trial. Ploof’s qualifying offense was his sexual assault on a young boy in 1993 and 1997. He performed oral sex on the boy both times, first underwater while swimming and the second time while the boy was asleep, according to court records.

During four days of trial, Valentine and prosecutor Ross McLeod argued that Ploof is a pedophile who can’t control his urges and is therefore likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

They relied on Ploof’s sexual assault history, which he himself estimated included 20 to 50 adult and child victims, and his inability to complete sex offender treatment while in prison. Ploof quit the first time and was kicked out the second time for grabbing the crotch of another inmate.

The state also called as a witness psychologist Dr. Eric Mart, who evaluated Ploof and concluded he remains dangerous and is 30 to 48 percent likely to reoffend given his score on a recidivism test.

Ploofs own psychologist agreed with his score on the recidivism test

Ploof’s public defenders countered that with their own psychologist, Dr. Luis Rosell, who said Ploof has recovered from his pedophilia because he now says he’s attracted to teenage boys – not children. Rosell said Ploof has learned to avoid his high-risk behaviors like isolation and rationalization, and to stop himself from acting out if he does get a deviant urge.

In her closing yesterday, Wolford also challenged the validity and accuracy of the recidivism test Mart used and said the state relied too heavily on Ploof’s past and unfairly discredited the partial treatment he did get in prison.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Terrence Preston – Repeat Sex Offender – Refuses his medication

Labeled a danger, Terrance T. Preston registered as a sex offender in Manchester in May, but was not on the state registry. He was convicted of raping a 16-year-old at knifepoint 29 years ago; the sentencing judge had warned that he was likely to be dangerous in the future.


A prosecutor and defense attorneys yesterday agreed that Terrence Preston, 49, a convicted sex offender who is accused of molesting two city children last summer, is not competent to stand trial at this time.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson took under advisement a request to have Preston sent to the state psychiatric hospital, where efforts will be made to restore his competency.

Preston was arrested last July 2 after a brief crime spree that allegedly began with his trying to enter the women’s shower room at the Greater Manchester YMCA.

He was then spotted in a woman’s car parked outside the YMCA in which he had allegedly strewn her underwear on the dash and stolen money, getting out of the vehicle only after the owner said she was calling police.

Preston then allegedly entered a fenced Lake Avenue yard, groping 4- and 6-year-old girls and trying to persuade a 13-year-old to leave with him, before being chased away by older youngsters.

Preston was indicted on multiple charges last August, but has yet to be tried. Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Nicole Fortune said a judge last December set a 12-month deadline for restoring Preston to competency and she believes it is still possible.

Fortune said Preston was committed to the state hospital in February and after five days on medication, he was released to the Valley Street Jail. But three days after his arrival, he refused to take his medication and his mental condition deteriorated.

Fortune outlined for the judge what the state’s psychiatrist would testify to in a trial, that Preston remains incompetent and dangerous but capable of being restored on medication.

Preston was released from state facilities — the prison and state hospital — a year ago after serving time for the knife-point rape of a 16-year-old and the assault of a prison guard and after undergoing treatment for his psychological issues, which had prompted a psychiatrist at his 1979 trial to say he was liable to re-offend.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Thomas Pellerin – Repeat Sex Offender – Playing Doctor

“Mr. Pellerin has three prior felony sex offenses in Vermont, a misdemeanor sex offense in Vermont and a felony sex offense in New Hampshire dating back to the 70s for which he was designated a sexually violent person,” Sand said.

Thomas Pellerin, 59, has been on Vermont’s sex offender registry since the 1990s, though his criminal past dates back even further. The Corrections Department considers him to be a high risk to reoffend. And based on new charges brought Wednesday, it appears that classification was accurate. Pellerin was arraigned on five counts, including lewd and lascivious conduct. He pleaded not guilty to all five charges.

Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand said, “It is alleged that Mr. Pellerin created a scheme where he was posing as area doctors who were allegedly trading sex for drugs. Within that scheme, he allegedly pressured and ultimately forced a 16-year-old to pose for semi-nude photographs.”

Springfield Police say the crimes took place in Pellerin’s Springfield apartment– a spot commonly known to area teens who would go there to get high. The new charges are just the latest in a long line for Pellerin. And because of that, prosecutors are charging him as a habitual offender which carries the possibility of a life sentence.

“Mr. Pellerin has three prior felony sex offenses in Vermont, a misdemeanor sex offense in Vermont and a felony sex offense in New Hampshire dating back to the 70s for which he was designated a sexually violent person,” Sand said.

Because Pellerin could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted, he is being held without bail until his trial.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Lawrence Halbert – Repeat Sex Offender – Molested child in Costco

Halbert has three prior convictions for sexual crimes that include a 1979 conviction for molesting a child under 14, a 1980 conviction for a violent rape, and second rape and sexual assault conviction in 1989, Finney said.


A registered sex offender who was arrested Sunday in Concord for allegedly fondling a 9-year-old girl at a Costco store is scheduled to be arraigned in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez Thursday afternoon.

Lawrence Halbert, a 50-year-old Concord man, has been charged with committing a felony lewd act on a child under 14 and two felony sex offender registration violations. He is also facing multiple enhancements related to his prior convictions, according to court records.

According to Concord police Sgt. Mike Finney, Halbert was at the Costco store at 2400 Monument Blvd. Sunday when he allegedly reached down and fondled a 9-year-old girl’s buttocks.

The child’s father allegedly saw the act and confronted Halbert.

Halbert allegedly told the father that he had touched the child accidentally, but the father didn’t believe him and called police.

One of the officers who responded to the call had been assigned to monitor Halbert and knew he was a repeat sex offender, Finney said.

Halbert has three prior convictions for sexual crimes that include a 1979 conviction for molesting a child under 14, a 1980 conviction for a violent rape, and second rape and sexual assault conviction in 1989, Finney said.

Halbert served his entire sentence and spent years at Atascadero State Hospital in the sexually violent predator treatment program, but was released without parole in 1998. He lived in Oakland until 2007 when he moved to Concord and police have been monitoring him ever since, Finney said.

“There was a high probability he would re-offend,” Finney said, citing Halbert’s alleged lack of remorse for his previous crimes.

“The problem is that these guys don’t stop,” Finney said.

Halbert’s bail has been set at $1.65 million. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m.

Because of his prior convictions, Halbert could face a life sentence if he is convicted of the current charges under the state’s three strikes law, Finney said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Michael McGill – Repeat Sex Offender – Violated parole within 2 weeks of release

UPDATED

A convicted sex offender recently released from prison, had his parole revoked Tuesday. A judge ordered Michael McGill back to prison for another two years.

Tuesday morning McGill told a judge via video conference from the Newton Correctional Facility, how he planned to commit a bank robbery, take hostages, and commit several other sexual assaults.

McGill was released from prison on March 28th, only to return four days later for a parole violation. Last April, McGill was convicted of inappropriately grabbing a man with intent to commit sexual abuse.

From March 28 2009

“Please throw the book at me … I’m harmful to others I should be locked up for life,” he wrote in block letters that resemble a child’s writing. “I will sexual abuse men. Do this for the safe (sic) of others then I be able not to hurt anyone else. Judge I’m begging you to put me away.”

In another place he wrote that he had told his two 7-year-old male victims, “I will do more sex crimes with boys 4 to 14. I will molest with boys 15 to 18.”

McGill writes: “The reason why I molest boys. It give me the thrill to be in control of their penises and tell them what to do. …”

McGill, 50, wrote that his sexual offenses date to 1976 and that there were 15 victims.

A convicted sex offender due to be released Saturday from prison after serving 11 months warned in letters that if set free, he would reoffend, even against children. In the letters, Michael McGill begged authorities to keep him locked up for life.

“Please throw the book at me … I’m harmful to others I should be locked up for life,” he wrote in block letters that resemble a child’s writing. “I will sexual abuse men. Do this for the safe (sic) of others then I be able not to hurt anyone else. Judge I’m begging you to put me away.”

In another place he wrote that he had told his two 7-year-old male victims, “I will do more sex crimes with boys 4 to 14. I will molest with boys 15 to 18.”

Neither the Polk County attorney’s office, which prosecuted McGill and distributed his letters to other agencies, nor the Iowa Board of Parole, nor the attorney general’s office, which handles civil commitments for sexually violent predators, says it can do anything to prevent McGill’s release.

McGill will at least initially be housed at the community-based Fort Des Moines Correctional Facility, which he won’t be allowed to leave without an officer’s escort. He is supposed to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet at all times and be under maximum supervision for 10 years. But is that enough?

His letters, spanning 22 pages, were obtained Thursday by The Des Moines Register. It’s unclear whether he was addressing anyone in particular. They were written at some point after his latest arrest, in April 2008. Assistant Polk County Attorney Jeff Noble got them June 13, 2008, and sent them days later to officials at the Des Moines Police Department, the Iowa Board of Parole and the Iowa Department of Correctional Services. McGill, 50, wrote that his sexual offenses date to 1976 and that there were 15 victims.

Noble got McGill convicted of his latest offense, intent to commit sexual abuse. McGill tried to grab the penis of a 21-year-old man in a restroom at Valley West Mall on April 30, 2008. In a letter attached to McGill’s letters, Noble wrote that in the very week that McGill was arrested for that crime, he had also been arrested for “viewing or attempting to view” under the stalls in a public men’s room using a mirror. He pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and criminal mischief and was fined $100.

“He apparently maintained his position – that he is a danger to others and intends to reoffend – even after he was incarcerated,” Noble wrote.

“Obviously,” wrote Noble, “these letters are relevant to placement, treatment, parole, supervision, civil commitment and possibly further investigation into other crimes.”

McGill’s letters acknowledge both of the April 2008 incidents. McGill also wrote that among other incidents he:

• Was banned in 1990 from the “Gallery book store” for soliciting sex with young men.

• Was banned from “Younkys” downtown for having sex in a restroom with another man.

• Used a compact mirror in 1990 to look at the genitalia of a child in the next stall, then crawled underneath and had forcible sex with him.

• Approached a boy from behind at a urinal at Merle Hay Mall and molested him in the mid-’90s.

The accounts are sickening and scary.

In one letter, McGill writes: “The reason why I molest boys. It give me the thrill to be in control of their penises and tell them what to do. …”

Yet all those involved in his case say they have no choice but to let him out.

The Iowa Board of Parole had no choice but to approve him for a parole release because he completed the 11 months required on a special 10-year sentence created by the Iowa Legislature, according to executive director Clarence Key Jr. That sentence dictates the supervision he will get after release. Iowa law provides for civil commitment for certain sexually violent predators who have completed their criminal sentences but are considered too dangerous to be out in society.

A five-member Prosecutors Review Committee, appointed by the attorney general, and the county prosecutor who handled the case decide whether to pursue a civil-commitment hearing, according to Bob Brammer, spokesman for the Iowa attorney general’s office.

Brammer said the committee referred McGill’s case to a psychologist who examined McGill and reviewed his records and determined he did not meet the criteria for a civil commitment. He said without the psychologist finding the need for civil commitment, the committee cannot proceed with it. A multidisciplinary team appointed by the director of the Department of Correctional Services reached the same conclusion, Brammer said.

Among the criteria, the person must suffer from a mental abnormality that makes him or her likely to engage in predatory acts, and must have been charged with or convicted of a sexually violent offense. Brammer said McGill’s record contains three other arrests, one for indecent exposure.

Brammer said the psychologist, whom he did not name,
was aware of McGill’s letters.


Beth Barnhill heads the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and sits on the multidisciplinary committee. She said the civil-commitment law is written so narrowly that few sex offenders meet the criteria. “Yes, I think the public is at risk,” she said of McGill’s release.

Barnhill says there is more leverage for holding someone like McGill longer if the original charge is for a higher-level offense or more than one offense.

Asked why McGill’s two April 2008 offenses weren’t combined for a higher-level offense, Noble said that criminal mischief and criminal trespass are simple misdemeanors, which are nonindictable.

Is he concerned about McGill’s release?

“Any sex offender in the community is a concern, some more than others,” is all Noble would say.

All of this makes technical sense, and yet something here defies common sense. A man who admits to being a pedophile, to getting a thrill from sexually assaulting people, who says he has done it multiple times and will do it again, will be released from prison tomorrow, and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do about it?

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Craig Potterton – Repeat Sex Offender – raped 78 year old woman for 3 hours

A SEX offender might never leave jail again after he subjected a 78-year-old widow to a three-hour late-night rape ordeal in her home.

Craig Potterton, 23, half-strangled the York pensioner, threatened to kill her and ignored her repeated demands to leave her sheltered accommodation after knocking on her door at midnight last September, Christine Egerton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told York Crown Court.

He was on parole at the time from a lengthy jail sentence for robbing a fellow hostel resident and also had previous sex convictions.

He eventually left after 3am on Saturday, September 20. It was days before the victim could tell the police what had happened.

Four years before the rape, Potterton had stolen the pensioner’s jewellery and cash after she had taken pity on him when he was homeless and allowed him to stay with her for a few weeks. Giving him an indefinite sentence for public protection, the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told him: “She is a lady who has treated you with kindness in the past. What you did to her was dreadful. One can only imagine the thoughts running through that 78-year-old lady’s head. What had she done to deserve such treatment?” He called Potterton “very dangerous” and warned him that though he could apply for parole after five years, “it may well be you will be detained indefinitely.”

Detective Inspector Maria Taylor said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victim who has been through a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Potterton. Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of this heinous crime, which although very rare, has a devastating effect on victims. We are pleased that a very dangerous, callous and violent individual has been taken off the streets”

Potterton will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life after he pleaded guilty to rape.

Miss Egerton said he had been released from jail to live in a Dewsbury probation hostel six weeks before the rape. But he broke his parole conditions by taking alcohol to the hostel. Fearing he would be sent back to jail, he caught a train to York. He knew the widow because a friend of hers had introduced them four years earlier.

Potterton pleaded guilty on the basis that he had gone to her home seeking a place to sleep. His barrister Nicholas Barker said he had smoked cannabis, drunk alcohol and taken Ecstasy before the rape. He had not planned the crime. He had had a disrupted childhood that left him angry and dysfunctional.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte