Judge orders arrest of no-show Exmouth sex offender

PUBLISHED: 12:45 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 02 October 2018

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a sex offender from Exmouth who failed to turn up for his sentencing hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

Former school IT technician Anthony Fowler, from Withycombe Raleigh, has a record of internet sex offending dating back to 2006 and was at risk of being sent to jail for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

The order was intended to allow police to monitor his online activity and he broke it by failing to tell officers from the Public Protection Unit about three internet-enabled devices that he acquired.

In the past the 45-year-old has used false identities to go into online chat rooms, posing as a fit young man using the name Snowboarder Seth.

He has already been jailed twice before, in 2011 for distributing child abuse images, and in March last year for breaching the SHPO and having images of serious child abuse on his phone.

Fowler, of Ryll Grove, Exmouth, admitted breaching the SHPO again at Exeter Magistrates Court and his case was committed to Exeter Crown Court for sentence.

Judge Peter Johnson issued a warrant, not backed for bail, after he failed to show up.

It is the second time he has jumped bail. He also absconded when he was caught with child abuse images in 2007, when he was already on a sex offenders’ course for a previous offence of possessing images.

On that occasion he went to France for four years, where he worked as a furniture maker until being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in November 2011.

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