May 2016

Hailsham man jailed for online sex offences

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A Hailsham man has been jailed for four years after admitting to a number of online sex offences.

Unemployed David Puttock, 47, of Gournay Road, Hailsham, was sentenced when he appeared in custody at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday (May 18).

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to eight offences of making and distributing indecent images of children and to an offence of attempting to incite a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity online.

The sentencing follows an investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), who arrested Puttock at his home address and seized his computer equipment.

Officers found a large number of indecent images and videos of children on his computer, which police say he had also distributed online.

Police say they also found evidence he had contacted someone online who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. This person was never identified but it is believed he had been trying to get her to carry out indecent acts online.

Puttock will a registered sex offender for life and will be on a three-year extended licence supervision after his four-year sentence has expired.