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A TOP TV scriptwriter who worked on BBC dramas Dangerfield and The Vet was jailed for a year yesterday for indecently assaulting a 13- year-old choirboy.

Alick Rowe, who won a Bafta award for his TV serial Friday On My Mind, was told by Judge Ian Morris that he had "abused his position of trust"for his sexual gratification.

The 59-year-old author took photographs of the naked boy, handcuffed him to a bed, then indecently assaulted him, Worcester Crown Court was told. The offences took place in January at Rowe's Hereford home when he was looking after the boy.

Tim Hannam, prosecuting, said Rowe befriended the boy, then showed him a pornographic magazine and a film containing explicit sex scenes.

The court was told Rowe pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Hereford magistrates court to one count of indecent assault and one of taking indecent photographs.

David Lee, defending, said Rowe was ashamed of his actions and could not explain his behaviour.

The author, whose books include Voices Of Danger and `Boy At The Commercial, was a well-known figure in Hereford and his good name had now been destroyed.

He described the offences as an isolated incident"when he had been under much personal stress.

Mr Lee said: "This is a man whose professional career is in ruins and he is not a wealthy man by any means. He has little prospect of finding any writing commissions in the future."
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Author:Daniels, Bill
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 30, 1998
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