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26 February 2015, 13:04
A paedophile has been jailed for four years after a Dorset Police investigation.
David Peter Havis, 38, from Essex, was sentenced today (Thursday 26 February) at Bournemouth Crown Court.
In September 2014, David Havis began sexualised communications with his 15-year-old victim via internet chat sites such as WhatsApp.
Within a short period of time David Havis had travelled to Dorset to meet his victim in a hotel where penetrative sexual activity took place.
Detectives were alerted to Havis’ activities via social services following an initial disclosure to a teacher. The Force’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) then launched an investigation.
On release from prison, Havis will be given a Sex Offenders’ Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Detective Sergeant, Mark Fursman of POLIT, said:
“The bravery of those making the initial disclosure has resulted in a positive outcome for this case, but more importantly the victim is now safeguarded from further offences.
“I urge all parents and young people to be mindful of their internet activity and how easily social media sites can be manipulated for the purpose of those seeking to offend against children.”
The Dorset Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT) offer a range of internet safety education and training packages to all professionals supporting children and young people across Dorset, including schools and other educational establishments. These packages help to raise awareness of the risks associated with the internet, including online grooming, cyber- crime, sexting and child sexual exploitation.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Naughton, of the Dorset Police Public Protection Unit, added:
“These people try to hide what they do online. Offenders need to know that the internet is not a safe anonymous space for grooming children. They leave a digital footprint and we will find it.
“Abusing children is an abhorrent crime, hidden in society for far too long. We are committed to rooting it out and stopping it.
“Everyone, teachers, GPs, parents and other adults have a responsibility to spot the signs of abuse and act.”
The Paedophile Online Investigation Team and SSCT can be contacted on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
Dorset Police also encourage anyone who may have information relating to child abuse to contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
For more information visit:
- UK safer internet centre website. www.saferinternet.org.uk
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre. www.ceop.police.uk
- CEOP resources suitable for parents and children of different ages. www.thinkuknow.co.uk