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Sex groomer teen is jailed
11:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A TEENAGE sex pest who preyed on a young girl while being punished for similar offences has been jailed for more than three years.
Ian Sidney, 19, pictured, formerly of Galloway Road,was sentenced to 40 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to multiple incident counts of sexual activity with a child.
Sidney met his 14-year-old victim on a bus in Swindon before assaulting her in July. He was arrested in September.
At the time of the incident, Sidney was serving a community order for having sex with two different 14-year-old girls between 2011 and 2012 when he was 17.
Judge Douglas Field addressed the defendant in court yesterday.
He said: “Ian Sidney: You are a young man of 19 and you are in serious trouble.
“The claimant has been very badly effected by the relationship she had with you. She was a troubled young girl.
“She was vulnerable and it is clear from the messages you were sending each other that you flattered her.
“The effect it has had on her will be long lasting. Because of what you did her troubles have increased.
“She has been physically and psychologically damaged.”
A pre-sentencing report indicated that Sidney had been grooming as many as 40 young girls in Swindon.
Judge Douglas Field added: “I think you are a danger to young girls.
“The pre-sentence report says that you are a groomer.”
A report from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which works with sexuabusers, families and victims suggested that Sidney lacked the emotional maturity of his age, which also played a role in his sentencing.
Judge Douglas Field advised that Sidney should be released on licence after serving half of his sentence and will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order on release which means he is banned from unsupervised contact with girls under 16.
He will also be listed on the sex offenders register.
l Victims of sexual abuse or anyone who fears children are being abused can all Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.
Victims can also contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre at New Swindon Sanctuary, The Gables, Shrivenham Road.
The SARC helps victims of a sexual assault with medical care, a forensic examination and counselling.
The SARC offers a 24-hour helpline on 0808 168 0024 or log on to www.newswindon sanctuary.co.uk.