18/03/2015

Man Jailed For Child Sex Offence

A man has been found guilty of arranging the facilitation of a child sex offence while he was working in the South Pole.

Simon Rouen, 36 and from Redruth in Cornwall, had communicated with two undercover police officers and had expressed a desire to sexually abuse an eight-year-old girl. A number of emails were exchanged, with the final being sent by Rouen from Chile. It was sent in March 2014 as the accused made his way back to England. When he arrived at Heathrow Airport on 14 March, he was arrested by officers from Kent Police's paedophile online investigation team. He was interviewed, while a review of data stored on his computer revealed he was storing indecent images of children.

Mr Rouen was charged with arranging the facilitation of a child sex offence and possessing indecent images of children, and remanded in custody pending a trial.

In January 2015, he was found guilty and appearing at Southwark Crown Court yesterday (17 March), he was sentenced to three years in prison. He will also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Detective Constable Jo Gordon, Kent Police, said: "Throughout the course of the emails he sent, Simon Rouen demonstrated a very real desire to sexually abuse the child when he returned to England.

"Fortunately, through our proactive investigations we were able to identify the risk he posed to children and intercept him before any child could be abused."

(JP/IT)

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