July 2023

Committed multiple online sex offences after contacting 15-year-old child

A sex offender from Sheerness has been jailed for five years.

Jake Crawley, of Granville Road, committed multiple online sex offences after contacting a 15-year-old child on social media.

Between November and December 2022, Crawley sent the child obscene messages and as well as inappropriate gifts, including money and a bottle of alcohol, despite knowing the recipient was underage.

Kent Police was notified of the offences on 28 December 2022 and, following initial enquiries, investigating officers executed a search warrant at Crawley’s home address on 4 January 2023.

Detectives seized a mobile phone containing photos and videos of the victim, as well as chat logs from social media apps. Investigators also recovered packaging and order forms for the gifts he had sent.

Crawley was arrested and taken into custody where he was later charged with sexual offences, including two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, paying for the sexual services of a child, and sexual communications with a child.

The 26-year-old was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 14 July 2023, after pleading guilty to all charges.

Crawley was jailed for five years and is subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. He was also added to the sex offender’s register for life.