Dangerous Lincoln sex offender jailed for 7 years

A dangerous sex offender from Lincoln was jailed for seven years for an attack on an eight-year-old girl in the city.

Scott Owen (29), formerly of Willow Tree Close in Lincoln, was found guilty of assault on a child under the age of 13 by a jury at an earlier hearing.

He had also pleaded guilty to outraging public decency at an earlier date and was given a 10 year Sexual Offence Prevention Order.

The court heard that the attack took place on the junction of Newark Road and Manby Street in May 2012.

The offender sexually assaulted the child as she waited for a bus.

Lincolnshire Police Sergeant Tim Wilkinson said: “This was an extremely serious offence which has profoundly affected the people involved.

“Owen is a very dangerous offender and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars.

“This case demonstrates the professionalism and dedication of the specialist officers in Lincolnshire Police’s Emerald Team and we hope this conviction and sentence shows our commitment to tackling sexual violence in our communities.”

On sentencing Scott Owen, Judge Morris thanked a member of the public who had been a key witness during the early part of the investigation and had assisted in the identification of Owen.