A Bexhill man has begun an eight-year prison sentence for sexual offences involving a vulnerable young girl.
James Hamling, 25, unemployed, of Galley Hill View Bexhill, was sentenced to a total of eight years imprisonment at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (13 July), having been found guilty after a one-week trial in May this year of sexual activity with a child after grooming online, possession and production of indecent images of children, and possession of extreme pornography.
The indecent and extreme images had been downloaded from the Internet and came to light when Hamling’s computer was examined after his arrest. None were of local children.
He will be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers, to last indefinitely.
Detective Constable Chloe Barden said; “Hamling first contacted the victim, a vulnerable 13-year-old girl, via Facebook, when they both lived in Hastings. He groomed her online over a period time into meeting him, for his own sexual gratification.
“This was clearly predatory behaviour, and the victim was very brave to attend court and give her evidence, which helped ensure that justice was done.
“If this sort of offending is happening to someone you know or even to you, do not suffer in silence. Contact Sussex Police online or via 101 and arrange to speak in confidence to experienced investigators.