A man has been sent to prison after a police investigation uncovered his hidden online indecent activity with trusting young girls.
Alan Bull, 31, of Upper Church Road, St Leonards, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (June 26) and was sentenced to a total of five years and four months in prison, having admitted at a previous hearing two counts of possession of indecent images of the girls, one count of making indecent images of one of them, breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed after a previous such offence, and causing or inciting one teenage girl to engage in sexual activity.
He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Detective Constable Chris Milner said: “Our investigation began in December last year from an initial report from a mother of one of the victims that her daughter had been asked on Facebook to send indecent images by a young man, who turned out to be 6ft 6ins tall and 23-stone Bull, a convicted sex offender who was masquerading as a young boy to incite young girls to pass him indecent images.
“Some of this interaction included live video over the internet.
“We then traced two other victims, aged 11 and 14, who had also been contacted by Bull, and who had also been deceived into exactly the same types of exchanges.
“This case illustrates once again the dangers of unwary and unsupervised use of the web by young people who need to be really careful in their contacts with people they do not know.”
The mother of the 11-year old girl said: “I feel very angry towards Alan Bull. I am angry that he just randomly chose my young daughter to do this to and took away her dignity. I think she will get over this but it will take a very long time. I don’t think that it will ever leave her completely.”
Parents and young people can get advice and sources of further assistance via the Sussex Police website at policing-in-sussex/your-community/crime-prevention-advice/computers-and-internet.
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