Paedophile killed himself after release from Lincoln prison
A convicted paedophile who used his love of horses to attract young girls killed himself after being told he could not return to his former home on his release from jail, an inquest was told.
Former lorry driver Alan Rogers, 52, was twice jailed for offences involving teenage girls. After completing his latest sentence, he was told he had to live in a hostel rather than return to his former home in Cadeby.
An inquest at Lincoln Cathedral Centre was told Rogers was released from Lincoln Prison in March this year and was reported missing after failing to arrive at Howard House hostel, in Leicester.
Instead, he lived rough. Shortly after his release from prison he hanged himself, and his decomposed body was discovered on April 15 in a field on the outskirts of the village of Heighington, near Lincoln.
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The inquest was told that a dog walker found the body hanging from the roof beam of a disused horse shelter.
Debris scattered around the shelter, including bedding, discarded beer cans and the remains of a fire, indicated Rogers had been living in the field.
A suicide note was scrawled on the wall using charcoal from the fire embers.
Detective Sergeant Jenny Waddington, of Lincolnshire Police , who investigated the death, said: "It would appear that Mr Rogers had been deceased for some time."
She said: "He was a convicted sex offender. In 1996 he was convicted of a number of offences.
"He was made the subject of a risk of sexual harm order and in September 2011, at Leicester Crown Court, he was convicted of breaching that on two occasions."
Rogers initially served his sentence at Leicester Prison but was later transferred to Lincoln, from where he was released on 14 March.
Later that morning he inquired about going back to his former home, but was refused.
Probation officer Teresa Lappage said: "He said that if he could not go back to his previous home and work with horses then his life was not worth living."
Rogers was originally jailed for three years back in 1996 after he was convicted of indecently assaulting five young girls he met through his interest in horse riding.
He was jailed again at Leicester Crown Court in September last year when he was given a 12-month sentence after he was convicted of twice breaching the risk of sexual harm order.
That hearing was told that Rogers made contact with a young girl using his horse as "bait" to attract her attention.
Rogers claimed he was innocent both of the 1996 offences and the latter matters, saying he had no sexual interest in young girls.
West Lincolnshire deputy coroner Paul Smith recorded a verdict of suicide.