A charity that allowed a director to keep his trustee role despite admitting to paying for sex with says he has now left the organisation after a public outcry.
However, she has now announced that Lowry has been removed from the charity. It is unclear if Lowry is still part of that organisation.
We will advise all of their decision once this has been agreed. Ken Lowry, 48, who was a director and trustee of the national CERT UK charity and also runs his own company called Homeless Birmingham, admitted to a charge of 'paying for sex with ' in December last year. Lowry, was sentenced in February for paying for sex with the year-old girl. His court appearance came just weeks after the former soldier was nominated for a Lord Mayor's special recognition for helping those living on the streets during the pandemic.
As well as the two-year community order, he was also ordered to complete 40 days rehabilitation order and was also hit with a month's curfew. His victim went public because of what she saw as a lenient sentence and the fact Lowry had been allowed to continue in his role with CERT UK. She said: 'Kenneth was charged with paying for the sexual services of.
My relative had wanted the money to go to a party. Lowry claimed the girl had been a sex worker who had replied to his advert for 'legal age sex' placed on the Craigslist website.
He said: 'I believed she was over 18 at the time because it was an over site that she was on, Craigslist. My advert was for sexual services and she actually contacted me, not the other way around. It wasn't specific to any age, it had to be over the legal age because I've seen other on that site that didn't specify an age. Introduced inthe law is sometimes confusing because it covers offences involving victims who are aged 16 and 17 - which is above the legal age of consent for sex in the UK.
But the law is there specifically to protect under 18s from paid sex work. Anyone paying someone younger than 16 would be charged under the usual charge of 'sexual activity with '. Those paying someone younger than 13 would be charged with 'rape of '.
For those paying for sex with victims between the ages of 16 and 17, sentences range from a community order - a non custodial sentence - and a maximum prison sentence of five years. Speaking of his regret at the offence, he added: 'Oh, I'm absolutely disgusted, I'm at loggerhe with myself. I'm disgusted.
It's the fact that she was over the age of consent is what actually happened. And if money had not changed hands there would have been no issue. She said: 'Kenneth's admitted that he had sex with a prostitute, she was 16, so he paid for sex with a prostitute at the end of the day she was 16 and it was consensual at the time. She had added: 'We put measures in place that Kenneth wasn't allowed to be with anyone under the age of 18 on his own, he was always to be with any vulnerable individual with another member of the team there and we review that on a regular basis.
We say in our constitution and we say in everything that we do we support all the vulnerable, ex-offenders and whatever else. In the UK, it is illegal under the Sexual Offences Act to pay for the sexual services of anyone under the age of Sentencing guidelines for the offence of paying for the sexual services of if a victim is aged can range from a community order to a five year prison sentence.
A West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman confirmed that Lowry pleaded guilty to an indictment containing one count of paying for the sexual services ofcontrary to s. The particulars of the offence were that Lowry 'intentionally obtained for himself the sexual services' of the victim, ' under the age of 18 years, that is 16 years, not reasonably believing that she was Craigslist for sex on vegas or over the age of 18, and before obtaining those services he promised payment for those services to' the victim.
West Midlands Police confirmed a year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting sexual exploitation of and was later released without charge. After avoiding a jail sentence, Lowry stood as a UKIP candidate in May's Scottish Parliament elections, having ly stood for the party in local elections in Northfield.
The charity was initially set up to help people affected by the damage caused by Storm Desmond in December and as CERT UK Ltd expanded to help former military personnel, victims of natural disasters, homelessness and domestic violence.
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