Glastonbury man jailed

Stuart Marchmont was found guilty of 13 online sexual offences after a trial in February. Marchmont from Glastonbury was sentenced last week.

The court was told the 38-year-old incited a girl, who was 12 at the time to engage in sexual activity via an online platform.

He continued to try to contact underage children. He believed he was communicating with five different girls. However he was actually messaging specialist ROCU officers. These officers target offenders operating online to exploit and abuse children.

Marchmont, formerly of Park Farm Road, received a 10-year sentence at Taunton Crown Court.

That was for one count of inciting a child under 13 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity. In addition 10 further counts of attempting to engage or incite sexual activity with the children who did not actually exist.

He was also sentenced for one count each of causing non-penetrative sexual activity with a 15-year-old and making indecent images of the same child. These offences only came to light on his arrest in 2021.

He also received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. This will ensure he can be monitored on his future release. His name will be on the sexual offenders’ register.

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