Man jailed for online sexual offence against 13-year-old girl
A man who had sexual conversations with a 13-year-old girl on Facebook and Snapchat, has today (Monday, March 5), been sentenced to 22 months in jail.
Sam Lumley, 24, of Furtherwick Road, Canvey Island, was arrested on February 24, 2016, on suspicion of sexual grooming.
Lumley was subsequently charged with inciting a child under 16 to watch a sexual act, and pleaded not guilty to the offence on December 12, 2016 at Southend Magistrates' Court.
He was found guilty on January 18, 2018 at Basildon Crown Court.
It was later proven he had sent a sexual explicit image of himself to the victim, and tried to engage her in sexual conversations.
He did all this, while knowing how old she was.
Today, he was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court to a 22 month jail term and made the subject of a ten-year sexual harm protection order. He will be on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
Lumley was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.
Dc Paul Ross from the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT), said:
“Lumley initially stated that his Facebook account had been hacked and maintained this stance through trial and up to sentencing. This caused delays in getting the case to court, while his lies were investigated fully.
“It also caused further unnecessary distress to the victim and her family, meaning they had to go through the events in court nearly two years later.
“We would like to thank the victim for her bravery in coming forward and supporting our investigation. This has been a very challenging process.
“Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of his actions, and shows that people who try to sexually exploit children will be punished to the full extent of the law.
“Children and young people are highly vulnerable when using social media on smart phones or personal computers.
“We all have a role to play in protecting them from predators such as Lumley and there are a number of steps parents and guardians can take, including using adequate security and parental restriction settings on their children’s devices.
"More advice on this can be found Essex Police's website."
Find out about how to stay safe online: https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/internet-crime/safe-surfing/
The Kidsmart website also has up to date information on online safety: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/