January 2017

Man who sexually assaulted teenager is spared jail

A Dereham man who sexually assaulted a teenager and sent indecent images of himself has been given a two year suspended sentence and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Samuel Pickering, 28, of Boundary Close, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today after previously pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault by touching of a child under the age of 16.

The charges related to incidents which happened between May and September 2014. The court heard that Pickering befriended his victim, offering him cash and an iPad, in order to gain his trust before carrying out the assaults.

He also sent the victim indecent messages and images, which were seen by a friend and prompted the police investigation. Pickering was arrested and a subsequent search of his home address led to police seizing a number of electronic items, including his laptop and phone.

Officers found a number of messages to younger males on his mobile phone, although they were not of a sexual nature.

Appearing before Judge Maureen Bacon, Pickering was given a two year suspended sentence, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a period of 10 years and a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.