Gorleston man jailed for two years after attempting to incite underage girls into sexual activities

Oliver Lee

Oliver Lee - Credit: Archant

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for two years after admitting trying to incite young girls to take part in sexual activities.

Oliver Richard Lee, of Newnham Green, Gorleston, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today.

Lee was jailed after admitting two counts of attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and one count of making indecent images.

He was arrested by officers from Norfolk Constabulary's Safeguarding Children Online Team (SCOLT) following a warrant at his address in June 2015.

A number of items of electronic equipment were seized, including mobile phones and a Lenovo laptop.

Following forensic examination a number of chat-logs between Lee and four people he believed to be underage girls, were discovered. The logs revealed Lee asking them to provide naked pictures and to perform various other sex acts.

Lee was charged by SCOLT officers on 11 May 2016.

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Detective Constable Nicky Gaughan, of the SCOLT, said: 'We hope such a case sends a strong message out to such offenders that the internet is not a safe anonymous space for accessing indecent images or grooming children. They leave a digital footprint and we will find it.'

Lee was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.

An NSPCC spokesman said: 'Lee deliberately tried to exploit and manipulate vulnerable children online and it is right that he is now behind bars.

'Online grooming is a serious and growing threat to children and education is the key to teaching them how to use the internet safely so they don't find themselves at risk of serious harm and abuse.

'The NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to help parents keep their children safe from grooming and other risks.

'Anyone needing advice on issues such as parental controls, privacy settings can get advice from the O2 & NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002.'

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