Mark was convicted this time round for a violent offence against a young female victim, aged 17. This victim was previously known to Mark, as she is also the female victim of his previous convictions in which he was sentenced for two offences of sexual activity of a child in 2007. This victim was also in a relationship with Mark at the time of his sentencing and she was in the early stages of pregnancy with their child.

Mark has also committed a violent offence against a 12 year old girl in 2004.

Current Sentence

Mark was sentenced to three years imprisonment for his current offence. He is up for release now after 18 months and is subjected to be on licence for the next 9 months.

Victim Issues

Mark’s last victim was a 17 year old girl. They are known to each, he has previously committed another offence against her, they were in a relationship with each other and at time of sentencing she was in the early stages of pregnancy with their child.

Due to the repeated offences made against this young women, Mark has been assessed at a high risk of reoffending against her, especially as now there is the added stress of a young child being present when these two will be together.

A victim liaison officer will provide support to the victim upon Marks release and inform her of the restrictions placed upon him. If the victim decides that she would still like to be in a relationship with Mark, the risks of this should be explained to her and relevant information should be provided to her such as contacts for local charities such Victim Support.

The victim should be advised that if she does wish to continue in a relationship with Mark that she should restrict their contact to phone calls, letters and that physical contact should be supervised. It should also be explained to her that if she has the same wishes as Mark, to settle in a home together, then due to the risks that Mark poses towards their child and the restrictions placed upon him, that the baby shall be taken away into the protection of Social Services and the Local Authority for its own safety.

Child Protection Issues

As Mark and his victim now have a child together, there is the added issue of the amount of risk that Mark will cause harm to this child. Due to him being assessed at being a high risk to children, under The Children Act 1989 Section 17, certain provisions and restrictions shall be put into place regarding contact and access with the child. Contact with the child will be restricted to supervised contact, once a week, to take place within a Family Centre

Comments from Offender

Mark has said that upon his release, he hopes to set up a home with his partner and raise their child together.

Recommendations

Mark is required to sign on the Sex Offenders Register within three days of being released. He will subject to this register for 10 years as stated under The Sex Offenders Act 1997. He will be required to notify his local police station upon his release of certain personal details. This must be updated on a yearly basis; failure to comply with this may result in up to 5 years imprisonment.

Mark is required to work with JobcentrePlus to apply for new types of employment and educational opportunities. His restrictions are;

* He must not work with children under 18.

* He must not work in an unsupervised capacity with young women or vulnerable adults.

* He is not to work or seek work in any environment that would bring him into contact with children; this will also restrict charity work and work experience.

To partake offence-focused work by having weekly meetings at a Community Sex Offender Group Work Programme and to complete 50 hours.

Placed under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) due to committing an offence under schedule 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 with the following restrictions:

* Not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone aged under 18

* Not to be in play areas or near schools

* To live in accommodation suitable for adults only.

* Not to have any child under the age of 16 at his place of residence.

* Not to stay at any address where there may be a child under the age of 16, unless supervised by the correct authorities.

* Not to approach or communicate with any children under the age of 16, unless supervised by the correct authorities.

* Not to enter or be in sight of schools, play areas and swimming pools.

* To report to his supervising officer as per directed too.

* To be available for home visits from the police officers and probation key worker as prior arrangement.

The above conditions will last for the licence period of 9 months, failure to comply with any of these would result in a warrant being issued for his immediate return to prison, where he will carry out the rest of his 18 month sentence plus any addition time added from new offences.