A repeat sex offender has been sentenced to serve another year in jail for inappropriately touching a woman.

Devaun Cox, 38, appeared in Magistrates’ Court last week, where he admitted sexually assaulting the woman on September 29.

The offence occurred on May 3, when Cox told the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, that she was looking “real good” and then touched her inappropriately over her clothes.

The Court heard that the offence was committed less than a week after Cox completed a six-month prison sentence for sexually assaulting a female patient at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute in January 2021.

Cox has previous convictions dating back to 2012, when he was imprisoned for six months in for intruding on the privacy of a young girl.

He spent another three years behind bars for committing a similar offence in 2013. Four years later in 2017, he was jailed for another three years for intruding on a girl’s privacy for a third time.

Cox appealed the 2017 conviction, but it was upheld in 2018.

This latest sentence was meted out by Magistrate Craig Attridge, who said that the touch, which Cox described as only a “love tap”, was still “a violation of another person’s sexual autonomy”.

He also stated that “people should expect that such an invasion or violation of their personal space will not take place”.

When Cox was last released from prison in April 2023, the public was notified, as required by law, by the Attorney General, Kathy-Lynn Simmons.

That release was questioned by the Executive Director of Saving Children and Revealing Secrets, Debi-Ray Rivers, who voiced concern that Cox was released without having a listed address.

She noted that in the UK, “a sex offender would never be homeless in the community, because of their risk“

Ultimately, she said “An address should be known to probation and police for life.”

During yesterday’s appearance, Mr Attridge said this history, as well as reports from court staff and a clinician, indicate that Cox is likely to offend and that the public needs to be protected from him as a result.

One report stated that Cox “had very little awareness” of his mental health challenges and “minimises his offending behaviour”.

Mr Attridge ordered Cox to complete 18 months probation after his prison sentence ends.

He also ordered that time already spent in custody be taken into account.

Cox’s probation conditions include refraining from alcohol or drug use, submitting to urine screenings and taking part in any programmes suggested by court staff.

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