June 2018

Convicted sex offender jailed again

A serial offending sex offender who targeted vulnerable underage girls online has been jailed again after being caught by paedophile hunters

Unemployed Scott Andrew Hillman, 21 of Woking, appeared in court and admitted arranging to meet a child following sexual grooming. And one count of coercing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

The court was told that Hillman had contacted a profile online he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Hillman sent sexually explicit chat which included wanting to watch the girl going toilet. He also begged the child to send indecent images 

However, the girl was really an adult member of online child protection team ‘Hunting for Justice’ 

Although a meet was arranged by Hillman, the team decided to hand in their evidence to Surrey police as they were concerned that Hillman suffered from autism.

The judge sentenced Hillman to 15 months on each charge – to run concurrently

A 10-year sexual harm prevention order was also made and his time on the sex offenders register was extended

In 2016, Hillman was sentenced to three years after he pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a female under 16. There were two victims in this case

In October 2015, Hillman was cleared by a jury of rape and assault by penetration

In January 2014, Hillman was given a youth condition caution for trying to persuade a nine-year-old boy via social media to expose himself. At the time police found indecent images of children on his computer.

January 2016

Teenager who targeted vulnerable girls for sexual pleasure jailed for three years

A teenager who targeted vulnerable underage girls in Hersham for his sexual pleasure has been jailed for three years.

Scott Hillman, 18, of De Lara Way, Woking , was sent to a youth offenders’ institution following the sentencing at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (January 25).

At a previous hearing in September Hillman had pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a female under 16.

The two victims were from Elmbridge, Surrey Police confirmed, adding that the crimes took place in Hersham near the Walton border.

Daniel Fugallo, prosecuting, explained how the offences happened in June 2014 when Hillman was 17.

The defendant made contact with the first of his two victims, a teenage girl with learning difficulties, via Facebook in May 2014.

Mr Fugallo said the victim had made her age clear to the defendant.

“They started communicating late into the night and she agreed to meet him,” he said.

“On the first occasion they met he went no further than putting his hand on her leg.”

They continued to meet, Mr Fugallo said, and the victim viewed Hillman as a friend.

It was in subsequent meetings that the assaults occurred, the prosecutor said.

Mr Fugallo told the court that another girl was targeted at the same time, also through Facebook.

After meeting in a McDonald’s, Hillman arranged a visit to a park, where, on this occasion, he touched the victim on her chest.

“It was a targeting of vulnerable people, and also what could be described as grooming,” Mr Fugallo said.

“It must be recognised that [the victims] were vulnerable.”

The defendant had a warning in October 2012 for possessing indecent photos of a child, Mr Fugallo said.

In January 2014, Hillman was given a youth condition caution for trying to persuade a nine-year-old boy via social media to expose himself. At the time police found indecent images of children when they seized Hillman’s computer.

Judge Stephen Climie, addressing the defendant, said the ‘inevitable’ impact on the victims had to be taken into account.

“One of the problems that is clear to me is you have a limited understanding of what is right and wrong sexually and that is a problem that in due course will have to be addressed by you, otherwise it is likely you will commit further offences in the future,” the judge said.

“You have been assessed by the probation service as being potentially dangerous to the public and in particular young women who may struggle with autism or special needs.”

Along with the prison term the judge imposed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and told Hillman to sign the sex offenders register on release.

The defendant is also subject to a multi-agency public protection arrangement (MAPPA), a management program involving the police, probation and prison service.

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