A man from Bootle, Liverpool, has been jailed for ‘sexually exploiting’ a teenage girl.
Indecent images and blackmail
56 year old Levere David Hinds was jailed for three years and eight months after he was found guilty of taking and distributing of indecent images of the girl. He was also convicted of blackmail and sending malicious messages to his 17 year old victim when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday 22 May.
Detective Inspector Susan Ennis, of the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said after sentencing:
“Merseyside Police take sexual exploitation very seriously and have specially trained officers who can offer support for all victims.
“Child Sexual Exploitation (‘CSE’) is a terrible crime which can affect any family, anywhere. We are, however, determined to play our part in tackling the problem.
“The force is committed to the protection and wider safeguarding issues of young people, and in doing so we will work with partner agencies to investigate and where possible prevent such abuse.
“Every one of us has to play our part in putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children and we all need to know the signs to look for, including if they are regularly missing school or college, appearing with unexplained gifts and money, mood swings and becoming secretive about their use of social media.”
Anyone who would like to report a sexual offence or who has information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Source: Liverpool Echo