June 2021

Man jailed for grooming schoolgirl for sex

A man who groomed and had a sexual activity with a schoolgirl has been jailed.

Sam Harber, 30, of Cotton Close, Sawtry, met the victim after helping her with her laptop and the pair then communicated daily on Snapchat.

The incidents happened in July and August 2017.

Harber and the girl continued to talk on social media but then stopped contacting each other in January 2018.

Harber pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child, engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a child, and causing or inciting a girl to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.

He was jailed for two years and eight months and handed a seven-year restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim and a witness at Peterborough Crown Court

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.