Sex offender deleted messages in attempt to hide evidence

Sex offender deleted messages in attempt to hide evidence

Published by Beth Pridding
6:10am 26th March 2020.

A registered sex offender has admitted deleting messages in an attempt to hide evidence.

During a routine check, police found Justin Gotsell from Wisbech had deleted messages on Facebook and Whatsapp - a breach of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

In interview Gotsell, 46, fully admitted he had deleted several chats with various people, including messages of a sexual nature to adult women.

He claimed he was under so much stress that he had forgotten he wasn’t allowed to delete the messages.

Gotsell pleaded guilty to breaching his SHPO at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday (23 March) and was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for a year.

Sergeant Paul Stimpson said: 

"All registered sex offenders are allocated a member of our Public Protection Unit (PPU) team to monitor them. Part of this includes carrying out unannounced visits at their home, accessing their electronic devices and speaking to them about their daily activity. 

"These requirements are in place to protect the public and that is why we visit them so regularly to make sure re-offending does not occur."

Anyone who is concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence, and could be posing a risk to someone, can apply for disclosure information through Clare's Law and Sarah’s Law.