July 2018

Pervert jailed after grooming young girl

A pervert has been jailed after grooming a young girl into sexual activity

James Hamling met the 13-year-old girl online, and then recorded himself having sex with her.

The 25-year-old was “obsessed” with the idea of having sex with underage girls and gloried in the “conquest”, a court heard.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left feeling suicidal.

Hamling was jailed for eight years after he was found guilty of having sex with her at his caravan in Hastings in 2015.

The father-of-one will now miss the birth of his second child who is due to be born in August.

He appeared at Brighton Crown Court for sentencing on six charges, including meeting a child following sexual grooming, sexual activity with a child, taking indecent photographs of a child, possessing indecent images of children, and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Rachel Beckett, prosecuting, said Hamling had continued to download sick images after being arrested by the police.

She read out a statement by the victim, who said: “My mental health has not been great, I ended up feeling depressed for quite a while, I didn’t want to be here.”

Hamling, of Elphinstone Avenue in Hastings, appeared via live video link from Lewes Prison, where he relaxed by resting his arm on a spare chair and twiddled his fingers.

Judge Jeremy Gold QC said: “The messages were somewhere between having an interest and an obsession with having sex with under age girls.

“You contacted her online, groomed her for sex and took her back to your caravan after meeting her.

“Then you took a number of intimate photographs of her. You were 22, she was 13. This is sexual abuse of a minor.

“The text messages you sent indicate that you were really glorying in the conquest of an underage girl for sex.

The judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for sexual activity with a child, and also imposed concurrent sentences of 16 months for meeting a child following grooming and one year for taking indecent photographs of her.

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