THE one-year prison sentence given to a Ringwood sex offender will not be extended, it has been confirmed.
A complaint had been made to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) that the term given to Jack Lane (23), of Hangersley, was “unduly lenient”.
However, after looking into the case the AGO decided it did not meet the “high” threshold requiring further action. “After careful consideration the solicitor general has concluded that he could not refer this case to the Court of Appeal,” a spokesperson for the AGO said.
“A referral under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme can only be made if a sentence is not just lenient but unduly so, such that the sentencing judge made a gross error or imposed a sentence outside the range of sentences reasonably available in the circumstances of the offence.”
As reported in the A&T, Lane was jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court in last December having been found guilty of sexual activity with a child following a trial. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
The court heard Lane met with the boy, who was from Poole, several times between March and July 2017. They shared an interest in cars and together went to auto meets in Poole, Hampshire London, Wiltshire and Northamptonshire. They communicated through Facebook and sent texts to each other.
Lane was said to have touched the boy inappropriately on the way to an event in Ringwood and returning from another in Devon. When challenged, said he had done so accidentally.
The pair also went for a swim in the sea in Boscombe when Lane touched his victim inappropriately over his swimming shorts. In November 2017 the victim told his mother.
After the sentencing, DC Andy Hale, of Dorset Police’s child exploitation team, said: “I would like to praise the victim for having the courage to come forward so that Lane could be held accountable for his despicable actions.
“I hope this bravery will encourage anyone else who is the victim of this type of offending to come forward in the knowledge that action will be taken and offenders will be prosecuted.”