Ambulance dispatcher jailed for child sexual offences - Bedford

26/05/2017

An ambulance service worker was jailed for 11 years today, Friday, 26 May 2017, after a court heard how he groomed an eleven-year-old girl to perform sex acts for him.

Alistair Hodge, aged 28, met the youngster via social media websites and set about encouraging her to perform sex acts over the Internet. As the girl carried out Hodge's commands, he was recording her.

Luton Crown Court heard that the pair never actually met up, although Hodge was planning just that. But after striking up a relationship over the internet, he set about encouraging her to perform sex acts.

Today Hodge, an ambulance dispatcher of Horace Close, Shortstown in Bedford, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent photographs of a child, one offence of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one offence of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard that the offences had been committed between January 3 and January 10 of this year after Hodge had made contact via social media websites with the youngster.

Passing sentence, Judge Barbara Mensah told Hodge that the offences "were vile and offensive." The Judge said the "na´ve" youngster had been completely taken in by Hodge, who was manipulative. She said that prior to the hearing, Hodge had shown no remorse or disgust at what he had done. The Judge said the offences would have a "lifelong impact" on the victim.

In addition to the 11-year jail sentence, Hodge was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life and the terms of the order were explained to him. They included a ban on any unsupervised contact with a child under 16 and any computer under his control in the future would have to be fitted with risk management software by a police officer.

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