A convicted rapist who walked free from court has moved into his home and reportedly changed his name in the wake of furious backlash over his sentence. Sean Hogg, 21, was found guilty of raping a girl in Midlothian in 2018, but Judge Lord Lake said his age at the time of the attack, 17, had to be factored into his sentencing.

Hogg, from Hamilton in Lanarkshire, only has to do 270 hours of unpaid work with Judge Lake telling him that if he had been over the age of 25 at the time of the attack, he would have faced a five-year prison sentence. Hogg was also placed on the sex offender registry.

Her sentence sparked an angry reaction and widespread condemnation from the public, the victim, and rape advocates.

The new judicial guidance means that people under the age of 25 are treated less harshly because of their perceived brain immaturity.

Hogg appeared in Glasgow High Court on Tuesday (May 16) with the court hearing where he has since moved back home and changed his name to Sean Kay, the Daily entry reports.

News of the changes raised concerns that Hogg could go under the radar if he pursues a future relationship.

His young victim’s grandmother told the Daily Record: “This shows how cunning and manipulative this person is.

“Did he think his name wouldn’t be related to him or was he trying to convince people for some reason that it wasn’t him?”

Donald Findlay KC, defending Hogg again at Tuesday’s hearing, said the requested measures were so restrictive that they almost amounted to a crime prevention order in another guise.

Findlay also told the court that there were some localized problems after Hogg was sentenced in April.

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He added that Hogg had left the area and is now living with family members. His previous address in the court documents was in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, but his new location was not disclosed at the hearing.

Lord Lake said he was unaware there had been a change of address. The judge went on to impose further orders on Hogg, including informing his supervising officer of any new partners.

The judge told Hogg: “If you get into anything that you might consider a friendship, you should let your supervising officer know.

“Intimate relationships can be construed as romantic or sexual relationships. If you initiate either or even start one, you should report it to your supervising officer.”

Lord Lake said Hogg would have to provide the officer’s identity and all contact information, adding that he cannot give out his address details unless, by law, his supervising officer asks or grants approval.

You should also stay away from the victim and their family, as well as report any new jobs you have.

Lord Lake asked Hogg, “Do you agree to comply with the requirements of this order in its entirety?”

To which Hogg replied, “Yes, your honor.”

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