May 2022

Pervert sentenced after abusing young kids

A sex predator has been jailed for more than 13 years for crimes in the New Forest including the rape of a child under 13.

Steven Oxborrow (33), of Wilverley Road in Wootton, near New Milton, Hampshire had been a “liked and trusted” local childrens martial arts instructor and childrens entertainer.

But on multiple occasions over seven years, between January 2005 and June 2012, he abused three youngsters in the Wootton and New Milton area.

He was convicted by a Southampton Crown Court jury in April of:

  • • Five counts of sexual activity with a child under 13

    • Three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13

    • Two counts of making indecent photographs of a child

    • One count of possession of indecent image of a child

    • One count of rape of a child under 13

He was sentenced by a judge at the same court to 13-and-a-half years behind bars, plus a further year on licence.

He was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, with all three victims being granted restraining orders against Oxborrow for life, ensuring that he cannot contact them.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Oxborrow’s offending was uncovered when one of the victims came forward when they were 12 years old, after a concerned parent found inappropriate messages between the pair on a family computer.

Officers uncovered a further victim of Oxborrow and later found indecent images of children on his computer.

The trial jury also heard how a third victim reported being sexually abused by him when taking part in martial art classes.