April 2022

Parent’s horror at finding explicit picture of Grimsby man on 12-year-old’s iPad

A young girl’s parents were left horrified after finding a half-naked photograph of a Grimsby man on their 12-year-old daughter’s iPad.

Lee Marvel, 26, had sent the explicit image of himself to the girl and had been exchanging various messages with her.

Marvel, 26, of Rutland Street Grimsby, has now been jailed, after he admitted sending the indecent image of himself and messaging the girl in 2019. Prosecuting Richard Thompson said the girl’s parents became aware of Marvel after looking at their daughter’s iPad.

When he was interviewed by police, Marvel claimed his internet account had been hacked. Later he said the girl had asked him for the photograph.

In her victim impact statement the girl told police she had suffered stress and strained relationships with her family. 

Sentencing Marvel to eight months in prison, Judge Michael Fanning said: “This is a serious offence, sending indecent image.

“It is often the case, the next stage is trying to meet someone being groomed for sex. The aim is to try to catch people taking preparatory steps before sexual contact. She was just 12 years old. You were 24. You should have known better. You tried to blame other people. You sent an image of your penis.

“What you were thinking is beyond any right-thinking individual. You have damaged her. You appear to have ruined a young life. It is a matter of luck it was discovered and this could have progressed to something more serious.”

The judge imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years prohibiting any contact with girls and his internet searches must be made available to be checked by police or those supporting his rehabilitation.