December 2020

Weymouth man jailed for child grooming offences

A Weymouth man has been jailed for grooming offences involving a 14-year-old girl.

Matthew Lucas Cheshire, aged 21 and of Ranelagh Road, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 18 December 2020 after admitting three offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and a charge of sexual activity with a child.

He was sentenced to a total of four years and two months in prison with an extended licence period of a further two years.

The defendant was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for a period of 10 years.

Cheshire – who was 20 at the time – was first arrested by officers from Dorset Police on Thursday 6 August 2020 following a report from a third party that he had groomed a 14-year-old girl for sexual activity who he had contacted over social media.

When he was interviewed, the defendant admitted he knew the girl in question and had been in contact with her over social media but denied any sexual contact or communication.

Cheshire was released on police bail and his phone was seized for examination.

It revealed messages exchanged between the defendant and the 14-year-old girl involving sexualised content and there were references to sexual activity that had taken place between them.

He was further arrested on Thursday 10 September 2020 following reports that he had been seen with the girl, in breach of his bail conditions.

It was also found that Cheshire had continued to message the girl in a further breach of the terms of his bail.