May 2016

“Dangerous” sex offender from Westcliff sentenced to 13 years behind bars


A man described as a “dangerous offender” by a judge has been jailed for 13 years on six charges of sexual assault against two young boys under the age of 13.

James Kerner, 36, of Station Road, Westcliff, was found guilty following a trial at Southend Crown Court in April this year, where both victims gave evidence against him.

 He was jailed on Friday, May 13, by His Honour Judge Lodge at Basildon Crown Court where he described Kerner as a dangerous offender.

The judge also imposed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), placed Kerner on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned him from ever working with children.

The court heard how he abused his position with the victim’s family allowing him access to the children alone where he was then able to abuse them.

His offending was reported to Essex Police in October 2014 after the victims disclosed what had been happening.