Scarborough internet sex offender jailed

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A Scarborough man has been jailed for four years for committing sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Gareth Hudson, 36, targeted his victim, who was 14 at the time, via the internet.

He encouraged her to send him indecent images of herself, and also contacted her on Skype, performed a sexual act, and asked her to engage in sexual activity.

Hudson pleaded guilty to two counts of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. He was jailed for four years at York Crown Court on Friday 20 February.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Sygrove, of Scarborough CID, said: “Hudson harassed his victim for his own sexual gratification.

“He now has a number of years in prison to reflect on his disgusting behaviour.”

Anyone who is affected by sexual abuse, whether it is happening now, or occurred many years ago, should not hesitate to come forward to the police or contact one of the many agencies who can help.

If you do not want to talk to the police, you can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) directly on 01904 669339 www.turntobridgehouse.org