A charity that allowed a director to maintain his trustee position regardless of admitting to paying for intercourse with a toddler says  he has now left the organisation after a public outcry. 

Former UKIP candidate Ken Lowry, 48, remained a trustee of CERT UK regardless of receiving a two-year neighborhood order for the offence, which may carry a five-year jail sentence.

On Tuesday, November 16, the ex-soldier, who additionally runs an organization referred to as Homeless Birmingham, paid £120 for intercourse with a ‘weak’ 16-year-old who he later stated was a ‘intercourse employee’.

CERT UK founder Kerryanne Wilde additionally described the younger sufferer as a ‘prostitute’ when initially defending the charity’s resolution.

Nonetheless, she has now introduced that Lowry has been faraway from the charity.   

She instructed MailOnline: ‘Following our Trustees Assembly we want to reiterate our place. Mr Kenneth Lowry has been faraway from the Charity as a Director, Trustee and Volunteer as of November 15 2021.’

She additionally revealed that Lowry’s firm Homeless Birmingham was not part of CERT and is within the strategy of going unbiased. It’s unclear if Lowry continues to be a part of that organisation. 

Ms Wilde added: ‘We’re in talks with the volunteers to find out in the event that they want to come again underneath the CERT (UK) umbrella. We’ll advise all of their resolution as soon as this has been agreed. 

‘The actions of 1 particular person aren’t the sum actions of the Charity and people who volunteer with us.’ 

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 a child' in December last year

Ken Lowry, 48, who was a director and trustee of the nationwide CERT UK charity and in addition runs his personal firm referred to as Homeless Birmingham, admitted to a cost of ‘paying for intercourse with a toddler’ in December final 12 months

Lowry, was sentenced in February for paying for intercourse with the 16-year-old woman. His court docket look got here simply weeks after the previous soldier was nominated for a Lord Mayor’s particular recognition for serving to these dwelling on the streets through the pandemic.

In addition to the two-year neighborhood order, he was additionally ordered to finish 40 days rehabilitation order and was additionally hit with a month’s curfew.

His sufferer went public due to what she noticed as a lenient sentence and the actual fact Lowry had been allowed to proceed in his position with CERT UK.

The now 17-year-old claimed she was ‘weak and unstable mentally’ when she agreed to have intercourse with Lowry for £120 in 2020, with the offence going down at his dwelling.

She stated: ‘Kenneth was charged with paying for the sexual companies of a kid. He paid £120 to have intercourse with me whereas a relative of mine sat and watched. My relative had needed the cash to go to a celebration.’ 

Lowry claimed the woman had been a intercourse employee who had replied to his advert for ‘authorized age intercourse’ positioned on the Craigslist web site.

He stated: ‘I believed she was over 18 on the time as a result of it was an over-18 web site that she was on, Craigslist. My advert was for sexual companies and she or he really contacted me, not the opposite means round.

‘My advert requested for authorized age sexual companies. 100 per cent these phrases had been in. It wasn’t particular to any age, it needed to be over the authorized age as a result of I’ve seen different advertisements on that web site that did not specify an age.’

What’s the cost of ‘paying for intercourse with a toddler’ in UK regulation and what’s the punishment?

‘Paying for the sexual companies of a kid’ is an offence underneath the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Launched in 2014, the regulation is usually complicated as a result of it covers offences involving victims who’re aged 16 and 17 – which is above the authorized age of consent for intercourse within the UK.

However the regulation is there particularly to guard underneath 18s from paid intercourse work. 

The cost solely applies to paid intercourse work for these aged 16 and 17.

Anybody paying somebody youthful than 16 could be charged underneath the same old cost of ‘sexual exercise with a toddler’.

These paying somebody youthful than 13 could be charged with ‘rape of a kid’.

For these paying for intercourse with victims between the ages of 16 and 17, sentences vary from a neighborhood order – a non custodial sentence – and a  most jail sentence of 5 years.

Talking of his remorse on the offence, he added: ‘Oh, I am completely disgusted, I am at loggerheads with myself. I am disgusted.

‘Once more, to be clear, she was over the age of consent. It is the truth that she was over the age of consent is what really occurred. And if cash had not modified fingers there would have been no concern.

‘If no cash modified fingers then there would have been no felony exercise in any respect.’

He was initially given the backing of CERT UK by its founder and director Ms Wilde.

She stated: ‘Kenneth’s admitted that he had intercourse with a prostitute, she was 16, so he paid for intercourse with a prostitute on the finish of the day she was 16 and it was consensual on the time.

‘As an organisation, we have put measures in place in order that Kenneth might come again and proceed the superb good work that he is achieved in Birmingham, the hundreds of households and people that he is helped and supported and constructed Homeless Birmingham through the years.’

She had added: ‘We put measures in place that Kenneth wasn’t allowed to be with anybody underneath the age of 18 on his personal, he was at all times to be with any weak particular person with one other member of the crew there and we overview that regularly.

‘We have achieved our due diligence as an organisation, we have achieved our safeguarding and we have put in place measures for that.

‘As an organisation we’re in a little bit of a rock and a tough place. We are saying in our structure and we are saying in every part that we will we help all of the weak, ex-offenders and no matter else.

‘If we had turned our again on Kenneth it would not have seemed good on us as a result of we weren’t supporting him as an ex-offender.’ 

Within the UK, it’s unlawful underneath the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to pay for the sexual companies of anybody underneath the age of 18. 

Sentencing pointers for the offence of paying for the sexual companies of a kid if a sufferer is aged 16-17 can vary from a neighborhood order to a 5 12 months jail sentence.

A West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman confirmed that Lowry pleaded responsible to an indictment containing one rely of paying for the sexual companies of a kid, opposite to s.47(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Kerryanne Wilde, founder and director of CERT UK, has now announced that Lowry has been removed from the charity

Kerryanne Wilde, founder and director of CERT UK, has now introduced that Lowry has been faraway from the charity

The particulars of the offence had been that Lowry ‘deliberately obtained for himself the sexual companies’ of the sufferer, ‘a toddler underneath the age of 18 years, that’s 16 years, not fairly believing that she was of or over the age of 18, and earlier than acquiring these companies he promised cost for these companies to’ the sufferer.

West Midlands Police confirmed a 21-year-old lady had been arrested on suspicion of inflicting or inciting sexual exploitation of a kid and was later launched with out cost.

After avoiding a jail sentence, Lowry stood as a UKIP candidate in Could’s Scottish Parliament elections, having beforehand stood for the social gathering in native elections in Northfield.

He was additionally given the inexperienced mild to proceed in his director and trustee position with Cert UK Ltd (Neighborhood Emergency Response Crew UK), however with ‘safeguarding measures’ in place.

The charity was initially set as much as assist folks affected by the harm attributable to Storm Desmond in December 2015 and as CERT (UK) Ltd expanded to assist former navy personnel, victims of pure disasters, homelessness and home violence.