April 2022

Sexual predator sentenced to 10 years

The mother of an 11-year-old girl targeted by a sexual predator has thanked specialist officers after her abuser was jailed.

Twenty one year-old Harris Proctor was jailed for ten years, six custodial with a further four on licence at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 12 after admitting a string of offences.

Proctor, a registered sex offender, had been in contact with an 11 year-old girl and engaged her in sexual conversation including about performing sexual acts.

When he was arrested in November 2019 his laptop was searched and officers found indecent images on there.

The offences had come to light following a previous conviction for child sexual offences where he had engaged in sexual conversations with two underage girls online and had also been found in possession of indecent images of children.

Further investigations after his second arrest established he had been back in contact with young girls following his earlier conviction, breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Proctor, of Townfield Street, Chelmsford, was later charged with inciting child sexual activity, two counts of making indecent image of a child, 10 counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and failing to comply with the notification requirements of the Sexual Offenders’ Register.

He pleaded guilty and was convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday April 12 and sentenced on the same day.

Following the sentencing hearing, the 11 year-old’s mother said: “This crime really has affected my daughter and our family.

“The impact it has had on her personally and socially has been very difficult to see, I can only hope she starts to recover now she knows he is in prison and she is safe.

“I really want to reach out to other parents and children, if they find themselves in this situation please do make police aware.

“If we do not make the police aware of these individuals out there targeting our young children then they will not be apprehended and will continue to harm more children.”

An ivestigating officer said: “Harris Proctor is a dangerous individual who preyed on young girls for his own sexual gratification.

This crime has affected the victim greatly. At the age of 11 she has lost all confidence about being in public, has had to receive counselling and no longer attends school through fear of being in groups and being around other boys, she feels unsafe.