Carer jailed for sexual activity with a teenager - Slough

30/07/2014

A carer working in a children’s home in Slough appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Wednesday, 30 July 2014, and was jailed for 18 months for abusing his position of trust by having sexual activity with a teenager.

Shaun Hinks, aged 45, of Ship Leopard Street, Portsmouth, was was also ordered to sign onto the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.

On 05 February this year, Hinks was charged with seven charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust, contrary to section 16 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. He was also charged with taking an indecent photograph of a child, contrary to section 1 (1) (a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978.

All eight charges relate to incidents involving a girl under the age of 18, which occurred between 26 and 30 May 2013. The incidents took place at Mallards in Slough, and during a short stay at a hotel in Portsmouth, where Hinks had arranged to meet the victim.

Earlier this month, on Wednesday, 16 July, Hinks pleaded guilty to five of the seven sexual activity charges during a hearing at Reading Crown Court. He pleaded not guilty to the other two charges as well as the charge of taking an indecent photograph of the victim. These three charges will lie on file.

Hinks was suspended from working at Mallards during the police investigation and has since been dismissed from his role.