December 2019

Four years in prison for Sandy man who sent sexually explicit messages to a young girl

A man from Sandy will be spending the next four years behind bars for grooming a young girl online and sending her sexually explicit messages.

Craig Hall, 47, of The Crescent, Sandy, used an online networking app to start a conversation with the 12-year-old girl. He quickly moved the chat to WhatsApp, despite the girl stating her age on numerous occasions.

Over a period of 10 days, he sent a number of highly sexualised messages to the young girl and tried to pressure her into participating in sexual activity by asking her to send him inappropriate photos of herself.

Hall was arrested after police received information about his activity and a number of his devices were seized and examined, including a phone, tablet, camera, disc drive and SD card.

He was handed his sentence on Thursday at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of engaging in sexual communication with a child and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching a previous Sexual Harm Prevention Order and is now the subject of a new one, which is valid for 10 years and will have certain conditions he must adhere to on his release from prison.

May 2017

Beeston father-of-three jailed after trying to meet underage girl on Facebook

A father-of-three was jailed for two years today for trying to meet an underage girl for sexual activity.

Craig Hall, 44, from High Road, Beeston, near Sandy, thought he was talking to a girl who was under 13 on Facebook over his phone.

In fact it was an older woman who reported the conversation to the police, Luton Crown Court heard.

Hall was convicted by a jury of three charges of attempting to incite a girl aged under 13 in sexual activity during Facebook conversations on March 22 to 23 last year.

Judge Barbara Mensah said Hall’s claim that his phone and Facebook account had been accessed by somebody else was not believed by her or by the jury.

The judge said he must abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely and register as a Sex Offender for 10 years.