March 2019

Convicted Shrewsbury paedophile sent back to jail

A convicted paedophile from Shrewsbury has been sent back to jail after almost 180 indecent images were found on his mobile phone

Stephen Reed, 48, was arrested at his town centre home after police intercepted a series of messages between him another known sex offender on January 31.

The crown heard that Reed had been released from prison in April 2017 for previous sex offences.

Mr Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, said: “The police intercepted communications between the defendant and another man from north Yorkshire, a registered sex offender known to the police.

“He was at this time involved in explicit communications about girls as young as eight. Images were downloaded from Yorkshire to Reed who received them on his telephone.”

He added that as a young man Reed lived in London and had other convictions for petty matters and theft.

The court heard that Reed, of Rope Walk Court, viewed and deleted the images which resulted in the phone being seized by the officers and him being charged with making indecent images.

At the hearing yesterday Reed pleaded guilty to making 63 images of category A, the worst; 26 in category B and 90 in category C.

Reed was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order after being sentenced to a total of twelve and a half years, in Exeter, in 2010 for offences including rape of a girl under 16, indecent assault and gross indecency against a girl from Barnstaple

Mr Stephen Scully, defending, said Reed was likely to be recalled to prison by the parole board as he had been on licence, when he committed the latest crimes.

Judge Peter Barrie jailed Reed for a total of 12 months for the latest offences.

His jail term will run alongside the remaining term which is due to expire in 2022.

The judge said the Sexual Harm Prevention Order was now indefinite and he ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the images.

April 2010

‘No remorse’ rapist gets 12½ years

RAPIST Stephen Reed has been told that he has brought his long jail sentence upon himself, for repeatedly abusing a young girl.

Reed, 38, was sent to prison for a total of twelve and a half years, after being found guilty of all the charges he faced against a youngster from Barnstaple, at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

Judge Stephen Wildblood QC told him: “I accept custody will be a heavy burden on you — and so it should be.”

Reed, of Hollingswood, Telford, in Shropshire, was found guilty of all nine sex offences he faced.

He was convicted of a rape, five charges of indecency with a child, an indecent assault and two offences of causing a person to engage in sexual activity.

He had denied all the charges, which involved a girl who was under 16 at the time.

Reed was arrested last year over the offences, which happened on various occasions when the girl encountered him while he was living in North Devon.

Joss Ticehurst, for the prosecution, told the court, after the verdict, that Reed had many previous convictions for fraud and theft.

Reed also had a conviction for perverting the course of justice and cautions for violence.

The jury had been told how Reed was initially pleasant to the girl but began making inappropriate sexual remarks, then committed the crimes.

She did not tell anyone at the time but later confided in other people and police were alerted.

A prosecution witness told police they were surprised at the way the girl had spoken about sexual matters, which they thought was unusual for someone that age.

Reed, giving evidence, told the court that he had been “shocked” when he found out about the allegations.

When asked if he knew why the girl would make them, he said: “No idea, really don’t. I’ve spent the last 14 months thinking why.”

It was said in mitigation, after the verdict, that Reed had no criminal record for sexual offences.

He had been in prison before for various crimes but was apprehensive about facing a much longer sentence this time.

Reed, in a suit, remained calm as the verdict was announced and he was jailed.

Judge Wildblood told him: “You have shown no remorse. You have paid no attention at all to the emotional and psychological impact of your actions.”

The judge imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and told Reed to put his details on the Sex Offender Register, both to run until further notice.

Judge Wildblood told the jury: “I am extremely grateful for the service you have provided. You have demonstrated the highest standards of jury service.”