September 2017

Youth coach jailed for abusing children

A youth team coach from Holland-on-Sea has been jailed for seven years after admitting to a string of child sex offences.

Nathan Smith, 27, of Fleetwood Avenue, was jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 11 after pleading guilty to 13 charges.

It is understood that Smith had coached at a number of sports clubs in the district.

He admitted three charges of causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity without penetration on December 28, 2013, and March 30 and April 4, 2014.

He also admitted two charges of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity by penetration on July 22 and 23, 2014.

He also admitted five charges of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity without penetration on September 28, October 12, November 17 and 21, 2014, and on March 29, 2015.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, without penetration, on January 24, February 20 and 22, 2015.

Smith denied two charges of making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of child. Those charges were left to remain on file.

Smith was jailed for a total seven years. His computer was forfeited and a sexual harm prevention order was imposed.

He will also be placed on the Sexual Offences Register for an indefinite period.

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