November 2015

Pervert “groomed” police officer posing as 13-year-old girl

A 38-YEAR-OLD Stourport man has been jailed after he “groomed” a 13-year-old girl online who turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Jake Hemming, of Windsor Drive, was caught making sexual suggestions to a girl he thought was called Lucy who was just under a third of his age, Worcester Crown Court was told.

He was also found to have indecent images of children.

He denied the charges but was convicted by a jury after a trial at Hereford Crown Court earlier this year of having eight category C images and one in category B.

He was also found guilty of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity.

Adam Western, prosecuting, said Hemming had engaged in “classic grooming behaviour” in his internet conversation with the police officer.

Emma Rutherford, defending, handed references in to the court from family members.

The internet conversation with “Lucy” did not involve a meeting and took place over the course of a day rather than several months as sometimes happens, she said.

Judge Richard Rundell said “the clang of the prison gates” often had its own effect on helping offenders come to terms with what they had done.

He said it was a serious case of grooming and it was fortunate Hemming, who was almost three times the age of the girl he though he was talking to, had actually been talking to an undercover police officer.

“It went no further but who knows how far it might have gone if this had been a vulnerable 13-year-old girl?” he said.

Hemming, he said, had shown no remorse even after being found guilty by a jury.

He was jailed for a total of 30 months and ordered to register as a sex offender. He is also subject to a sexual harm prevention order restricting contact with children under 16.