May 2017

Shortstown ambulance worker jailed for persuading 11-year-old to perform ‘vile’ sex acts

A depraved ambulance worker was sentenced to 11 years in prison for grooming an 11-year-old girl to perform explicit sex acts involving animals and objects for him and making indecent images of children

Depraved Alistair Hodge, 28, from Horace Close, Shortstown, met the youngster via social media and set about encouraging her to perform sex acts over the internet.

As the girl carried out Hodge’s commands, he was recording her.

Luton Crown Court heard that the pair never actually met up, although Hodge was planning to

After striking up a relationship over the internet, he set about encouraging her to perform sex acts on herself.

The an ambulance dispatcher of Horace Close, Shortstown in Bedford, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent photographs of a child, one offence of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one offence of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard that the offences had been committed between January 3 and January 10.

Judge Barbara Mensah was told that abuse began with him persuading the child to touch herself intimately.

He persuaded her to use various objects and his depravity sunk to an all time low when her persuaded her to carry out a sex act involving an animal.

Hodge was arrested after the victim’s parent discovered messages of a sexual nature sent by him to the child, in which he groomed her and encouraged her to send him indecent images of herself.

Passing sentence, Judge Mensah told Hodge that the offences ‘were vile and offensive.’

The judge said the ‘naïve’ youngster had been completely taken in by Hodge, who the judge said was manipulative.

Judge Mensah said “It’s clear you are a manipulative person.”

She said that prior to the hearing, Hodge had shown no remorse or disgust at what he had done.

The judge said the offences would have a ‘lifelong impact’ on the victim.

In addition to the 11 year jail sentence, Hodge was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life – which includes a ban on any unsupervised contact with a child under 16 and any computer under his control in the future would have to be fitted with risk management software by a police officer.