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Southampton man sentenced for child sex offences

Following an investigation by police officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), a Southampton man has been sentenced for child sex offences.

Adam Piggott, aged 31, of Mansfield Park Street, Southampton, was convicted and sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on Friday (19/6).

Piggott was arrested on 7 November 2019 at Shirley High Street, Southampton, Hampshire, after he travelled from his home address and expected to meet and commit sexual abuse with a 13 year old child, but was instead arrested by officers from the SEROCU. This arrest followed a proactive, intelligence led investigation over a number of weeks.

Piggott was charged in February 2020 with:-
• Attempting to incite a child to commit a sexual act and
• Arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence

He pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates Court on 19 March 2020 and was committed to Southampton Crown Court for sentence.

On 19 June 2020 at Southampton Crown Court, Piggott was sentenced to a total of 13 months in custody. He will be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and has been subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

This forms part of our continued priority to protect children from sexual exploitation from those who seek to do them harm.

If anyone has been a victim of child sexual abuse, I would urge you to report it to your local police force via 101. We will always follow up allegations of abuse, no matter when they occurred. Victims can talk in confidence to experienced investigators and we can also help them get access to a range of other support services.

Detective Inspector Phil Attwood, SEROCU