A jail term has been handed down on a man from East Malling who sent explicit images of himself to a child.
Christopher Brimstead, 31, was jailed for 12 months at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 18 November 2021.
The court heard that between November 2018 and January 2019, Brimstead, previously from Jasmine Close, East Malling, took explicit images of himself and sent them to the victim. He also sent explicit messages to her, asking her to engage in sexual activity.
The victim reported the offences in April 2019 and officers arrested him. He was later charged with engaging in sexual communication with a child, which he admitted in court.
Upon Brimstead’s release from prison he will be the subject of a restraining order and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years, which places restrictions on access to the internet and prohibits contact with girls under the age of 16. He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Detective Constable Victoria Baker said: ‘Brimstead abused trust shown to him in the worst possible way, trying to exploit a child for his own gratification.
‘I am pleased he has been sentenced and I hope that this sentencing goes some way to helping the victim find some closure and move forward with her life.
‘Kent Police will always take sexual offences seriously and will investigate thoroughly to ensure that any people who commit criminal offences pay for their actions and that victims receive the justice they deserve.’