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50-YEAR-OLD SHANKLIN MAN JAILED FOR SEX OFFENCES

childsexabusePhilip Swift of Shanklin has been jailed for over 3 years for child sexual offences after traveling to Bournemouth to meet a young girl before engaging in sexual activity with her in a hotel room.

Swift, 50, of Atherley Road, posed as a 15-year-old teenager to chat to the underage girl and exchanged more than 1000 texts a month with the victim, of undisclosed age. Even after revealing his real age, the chats continued before Swift and his victim used Skype to watch each other perform sex acts upon themselves.

The pair arranged to meet in Bournemouth which resulted in the then 49-year-old Swift engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with the youngster a the hotel room he had booked.

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The terrifying situation was only discovered when a family member found a photo of Swift on the victim’s iPod, alerting the victim’s mother who in turn went to the Police. Unfortunately, Swift left the country to visit family in South Africa before he could be arrested, howver he was arrested 6 months later at Heathrow Airport.

Philip Swift admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child at Bournemouth Crown Court last Friday, where he was sentenced to a total of 3 years and 4 months inside.

Swift will be made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order upon release.

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