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Chatham man jailed for possessing indecent images and breaching court order
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A prison sentence of more than three years has been given to a Chatham man who repeatedly breached a court order and was found in possession of indecent images of children.
Ben Champion was regularly visited by Kent Police officers after being made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order in April 2017. During their inspections, the officers identified he had breached its conditions a number of times between October 2019 and January 2020.
Breaches included lying about possessing an internet enabled device and deleting his online search history. Eighteen indecent images were also found on a mobile phone seized from him.
The 27-year-old, of Chatham High Street, also failed to declare several changes to his address, and the creation of a new bank account, which he was obliged to do as a condition of being on the Sex Offenders Register.
He was jailed for three years and four months at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 23 March after admitting the offences.
High risk to the public
Police Constable Jacqueline Little, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Protecting children from harm is a priority for Kent Police and Champion undoubtedly presents a high risk to the public. When coupled with his deceitful nature, there is a clear necessity for his imprisonment, and I hope he uses his time in prison to rehabilitate.’