Man jailed for grooming and sexual activity with a child.
A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 46 months after admitting grooming and sexual activity with a child following an incident in a Lowestoft park in March.
Christopher Neill, of Marsh Road in Great Yarmouth, was arrested by Suffolk Police on Monday 27 March after a girl reported that she had been sexually assaulted in Fen Park in Lowestoft around 4pm on Sunday 26 after meeting a man she had contact with on Facebook.
She had arranged to meet him for the first time in person after having contact via the social media site, but things had quickly escalated.
Neill was taken into custody and interviewed before being charged. He originally appeared before Norwich Magistrates on Wednesday 29 March and was remanded in custody.
He appeared at Kings Lynn Crown Court on Thursday, 4 May, where he was sentenced after pleading guilty to three offences – sexual activity with a girl under 16, meeting a girl under 16 following grooming and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
The order, made by Norwich Crown Court on 17 November 2016, prohibited him from contacting any girl under the age of 16 or being in the company of any female under the age of 16.
He has been sentenced to 24 months for the grooming offence, 12 months for breaching the order and 40 months for sexual activity with a child, all to run concurrently, with a further six months added for breach of a suspended sentence, taking the total to 46 months – three years and ten months – in a young offender institution. He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for 15 years and ordered to sign on the sexual offenders register indefinitely.