Store manager jailed for sexually exploiting teenage shop worker - Hemel Hempstead

10/03/2016

A Hemel Hempstead store manager, who persuaded a teenage shop worker to send him naked images of herself, was jailed for a year today, Thursday, 10 March 2016.

Barry Flecknell, aged 45, was told by Judge Stephen Warner that he had carried out "an unpleasant, mean offence."

St Albans Crown Court heard that Flecknell knew that the girl was aged 15 or 16 and short of money. He suggested that she send pictures of herself in topless poses to someone called 'J' for cash. In fact there was no one called 'J' and around 20 pictures and movies were received by Flecknell.

Flecknell, of Swaffield Close, Ampthill, a married man, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child aged 13 to 17 to engage in child pornography. He was of previous good character. The offences happened between 1 April 2012 and 1 August 2013.

Judge Stephen Warner told him: "The victim was a vulnerable young girl. You knew she was having difficulties. You were her superior and in a position of authority. This was persistent, callous and exploitative behaviour."

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