Number of new sex offenders registered drops during pandemic year

THERE were 171 people registered as sex offenders in the Island at the end of 2020, with 46 of that total currently in prison, according to new figures.

Detective Inspector Stewart Gull. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30589835)
Detective Inspector Stewart Gull. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30589835)

Altogether 14 new registrations were made last year, according to the Jersey Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements’ latest annual report, which said that that number marked a ‘noticeable decrease’ compared to 2019.

The JMAPPA was formed ten years ago to manage the Island’s most serious violent and sexual offenders and is a partnership between agencies including the States police, Prison Service and Probation.

The report says: ‘There were 171 registered sexual offenders on 31 December 2020. This is an increase from 164 on 31 December 2019 and continues a trend of successive annual increases.

‘There were 14 new registered sex offenders in 2020. This is a noticeable decrease, as there were 31 new registered sex offenders in 2019. The number of deregistrations has remained the same, with a total of 6 persons deregistered.’

Detective inspector Stewart Gull, who chairs JMAPPA, added: ‘I’m pleased that the rate of re-offending remains low; it demonstrates that the JMAPPA process continues to be successful since it launched a decade ago. Offenders continue to be managed on their assessed behaviour and risk, however, we can never be complacent, as this process is not foolproof – we cannot completely eliminate risk and, ultimately, offenders must take personal responsibility for their behaviour. Training and advice continues for all agencies involved, helping to achieve our joint objective of supporting and reintegrating offenders back into the community.’

At the end of 2020, a total of 215 individuals were under management by JMAPPA, 172 of whom were sex offenders, 27 were ‘mainly violent’ offenders and 16 were viewed as ‘potentially dangerous persons’ – people with no criminal conviction but assessed as posing a risk of serious harm.

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