Court Result

Sutton man sentenced for travelling to abuse child

A Surrey man has been given a suspended jail sentence, after admitting numerous child sex offences, including arranging and travelling to meet a child with the intention of abusing them.

Christopher Hare, of Wordsworth Drive, Sutton, was on 26/6 sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order at a Kingston Crown Court hearing, following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

Hare pleaded guilty to one count of arranging the commission of a child sex offence, three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child (category A, category B and category C), and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

The 36-year-old was arrested in June 2018 after communicating online and arranging to meet a child. He had travelled to the meeting, but was greeted by SEROCU officers upon arrival and subsequently apprehended.

Following his arrest, investigators seized a number of Hare’s electronic devices which were found to contain images of child abuse.

He was ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, pay £650 costs and a victims surcharge, and will be put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

“Through our work we found that Hare was willing to travel a significant distance to meet, and abuse, a teenage girl.

“We are therefore glad that our investigation stopped Hare from being able to act on his abusive intentions, and will mean he is on the Sex Offenders Register for the next decade.

“Child abuse is perhaps the most abhorrent criminal activity we come across, and it’s vitally important to apprehend those looking to abuse young and vulnerable people.

“I would urge anyone who has been a victim of child abuse, or thinks a child is being abused, to contact police immediately on 101, where a report can be made in confidence.

Detective Inspector Clair Trueman, from SEROCU’s investigations team