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High risk sex offender jailed for indecently exposing himself to two children in Northampton

A high-risk sex offender has been jailed after pleading guilty to indecently exposing himself to two children in Northampton.

Stephen Watts, aged 60, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment at Northampton Crown Court. His guilty plea meant the original 18-month sentence was reduced.

The court heard that Watts exposed himself while sat in a parked car in the Lumbertubs area of the town on September 20 this year.

Watts told the court that what he had done was “sick” and he was full of remorse for his actions.

However, the sentencing judge, Judge Michael Fowler, said this would have carried more weight had he not been convicted for two similar offences within the previous 12 months.

Watts, the court heard, had a string of convictions, mostly against children, dating back to 1989, including indecent assault, gross indecency and indecent exposure.

Upon release, Watts will be subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and will be managed closely by Northamptonshire Police’s MOSOVO team, which monitors sex offenders in the community.

PC James McGill, who is based in the MOSOVO team, said: “Watts is a very high risk sex offender whose brazen actions have had a devastating and long-term effect on his victims.

“We are happy that he has now been locked up and the public can be reassured that, under the terms of the Sexual Harm Prevention Order, he will be closely monitored by police and partner agencies on release.”

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