Sex offender jailed for five years

January 15 2014

A MAN who exposed himself to two twelve-year-old girls in a playground in Horfield has been jailed for five years.

A MAN who exposed himself to two twelve-year-old girls in a playground in Horfield has been jailed for five years.

Registered sex offender John Clements, 46, from Exeter, pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and breaching the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) at Bristol Crown Court in November 2013.

He was sentenced on January 14 at Exeter Crown Court, where he received sentences of one and half years and three and half years respectively. The sentences will run consecutively.

The SOPO prohibits Clements from entering any park or children's play area and states that he must wear at least one item of clothing over his underwear and that this clothing must remain intact.

In March 2013, two twelve-year-old girls were in the play area on Horfield Common following a swimming session at Horfield Leisure Centre. Clements, who had driven up from Exeter, approached them and asked them for the time. He then opened his jacket and exposed himself through a hole which he had cut into the crotch of his trousers.

The girls reported the incident to one of their fathers, who was at the Leisure Centre. 

Whilst investigating the case, officers from the Public Protection Unit received intelligence from Devon and Cornwall Police which stated that Clements was a high risk registered sex offender who they believed may travel to the Avon and Somerset force area.

Details provided about the nature of his offences led officers to believe that Clements was the man who had committed the offence and he was arrested at his home in Exeter in April 2013.

Clements initially denied being in the area, however his car had been picked up by an automatic number plate recognition camera. He also claimed he'd been in B&Q at Cribbs Causeway looking for a light fitting at the time of offence, however, this was disproved through CCTV evidence.

Detective Constable Katherine Davis from Avon and Somerset's PPU team said: "This sentence ensures that the public are protected from a dangerous and persistent sex offender.

"I'd like to thank the two victims in this case for their bravery and their families, for their support in both the police investigation and court proceedings."