Worthing man sentenced for sexual offences involving under-13s

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A WORTHING man has been sentenced after inciting young boys to engage in sexual activity, and for offences relating to indecent images of young boys.

Jordan Cockburn, 21, of The Plantation, Worthing, appeared at Chichester Crown Court on Friday (May 4), having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two cases of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and three of possessing a total of 43 indecent images of young boys.

The offences came to light in 2010, when police received information Cockburn had been engaging inappropriate behaviour with two local boys then aged 12. An investigation by police child protection detectives uncovered web logs and indecent images relating to the contacts, and he was charged last year on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The sales assistant was sentenced to a three-year community order with a 36-month supervision order and a requirement to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offenders Programme.

Cockburn was also disqualified from working with children for life, and is the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO). He will be registered as a sex offender for five years, and his mobile phones, computer equipment and the indecent images have been destroyed by police.

Detective constable Melanie Hardy said: “We acted quickly as soon as the information came to our notice and took steps to ensure that no other children were at risk. Throughout the investigation we had full co-operation from local child authority child safeguarding officers and a local school at which the boys were pupils at the time of the offences two years ago.

“We will always take such reports seriously and investigate thoroughly to safeguard children. There has been no evidence of any other offending by Cockburn.”