Lincolnshire Police have commented on the conviction of a man who admitted grooming and sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.
Darren Hadman, 40, of Wetherby Close in Bourne, has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison after admitting pleading guilty at Lincoln Crown Court on May 9 to sexual touching of a female aged 14; meeting a child following sexual grooming; inciting a child aged 14 years to engage in sexual activity; distribution of indecent images of children; six counts of making of indecent images of children; and possession of 318 indecent images/videos of children.
Hadman is a scheming predator, and I am happy with the sentence the judge has imposed, it means one less dangerous individual will be able to contact any potential victims using the internet.Detective Constable Nicky Linn
He was sentenced on Friday (May 22) to three years and three months in prison. It was explained by the prosecution in court that in March 2013 Hadman posed on an online chat site as a 16-year-old boy from Lincolnshire called Tom. He befriended a 14-year-old schoolgirl, who innocently believed he was a genuine person around her age, and the pair initially started talking about hobbies.
This progressed to sharing indecent images of each other until Hadman, who was employed as an aircraft technician, got the teenager to meet him in his car in a car park in the Sleaford area where he carried out an act of sexual touching on the young girl. He also sent her a message saying he wanted to meet up again so they could have sex.
He was arrested at his home address on 4th April 2013. To read full report of his trial click here.
Speaking at the culmination of the case Detective Constable Nicky Linn, of Lincolnshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Team (iCAT), said: “Hadman’s offending is some of the most calculated and manipulative. By pretending to be a teenager similar in age to the victim and finding something in common, he established a trusting narrative that was difficult to break once he revealed his true identity. His intentions were never innocent and he knew exactly what he was doing.
“Hadman managed to convince an entirely blameless young girl that their relationship was not only consensual but normal and healthy. Over a period of time he groomed her and manipulated her, all for his own sexual gratification. I echo the sentencing judge’s comments when he said he had taken total advantage of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl.
“Hadman is a scheming predator, and I am happy with the sentence the judge has imposed, it means one less dangerous individual will be able to contact any potential victims using the internet.
“I would like to commend the bravery of the victim in this case. She has spent a long period of time going over what has happened to her, from first reporting it, throughout the investigation, and now seeing it out in court. Without her courage and determination we might never have got this conviction. I hope she is now able to start moving on with her life.”