July 2023

Paedophile who ‘carefully groomed’ teenager is jailed

A paedophile who “carefully groomed” a teenager to send him intimate photos and videos before having sex with her has been jailed for more than five years. 

Duncan Campbell, of Norwood Road, Somersham, Huntingdon, first came to the attention of police when they received a call in September 2020 to say messages had been found on his phone. 

Officers found Campbell, 38, in his car at just after 3.30am the following day. He was arrested and his phone was seized, together with a computer from his home. 

The teenage girl was spoken to by police and initially denied that anything had happened, but soon admitted sending him a sexually explicit video of herself, together with a photo. 

She then also confided in officers that she had had sex with Campbell in September 2019. 

In police interview Campbell told officers he thought the girl was over 16 and admitted exchanging sexually explicit messages with her. 

However, he denied having sex with her, claimed the teenager was lying and said he was abroad at the time. 

Duncan was later served a postal requisition charging him with offences including: 

  • Engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15 

  • Engaging in sexual communication with a child 

  • Causing or inciting a girl aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity 

  • Causing a child aged 13-15 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity 

  • Two counts of making indecent photos of a child 

  • Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child aged 13-15 

He denied all charges against him but, after a trial at Peterborough Crown Court in May, jurors found him guilty of all counts by unanimous verdict. 

Campbell was sentenced at the same court on Friday (July 14) where he was handed a total of seven years in prison. 

He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) indefinitely, to monitor any future offending.