December 2020

Man jailed for sexual activity with teenage boy

A man convicted of sexual activity with a teenage boy has been jailed.

Jack Vincent Lane, aged 23 and of Hangersley, Ringwood, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Tuesday 8 December 2020 after being found guilty of three offences of sexual activity with a child following a trial at the same court.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years, as well as being placed on the sex offenders’ register for the same period.

Evidence was put before the jury that Lane had met with a teenage boy from Poole on a number of occasions between March 2017, when his victim was 14, and July 2017.

The pair both shared an interest in cars and went to a number of car meets together.

They attended events in Poole, London, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Northamptonshire and the pair also communicated through Facebook as well as text messages.

In July 2017 they travelled together to an event in Ringwood and when they were in the car Lane touched his victim inappropriately.

Around the same time they also went to a mini car show in Devon and on the way back Lane again inappropriately touched his victim. When the victim challenged him he claimed he had done it accidentally.

That evening they went for a swim in the sea in Boscombe and the defendant touched his victim inappropriately over his swimming shorts.

In November 2017 the victim disclosed the offences to his mother.

Following enquiries Lane was interviewed by officers in April 2018 and, after a detailed investigation including examination of electronic devices, Lane was issued with a postal requisition to appear at court.

As he sentenced the defendant, the judge stated that aggravating factors in Lane’s offending included the psychological harm caused to the victim and the fact that there were multiple incidents.