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Banbury man jailed for child sex offences

A Banbury man's been jailed for child sex offences.

Benjamin Garvie, aged 28 of Howard Road, Banbury was charged on 19 August and pleaded guilty to the following offences in December:

One count of causing or inciting a boy under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity (penetrative).

One count of causing or inciting a boy under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

One count of making indecent images of a child, class A.

One count of making indecent images of a child, class B

One count of making indecent images of a child, class C

Breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Yesterday (18/3), Garvie was sentenced to an extended period of 12 years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court and the Sexual Harm Prevention Order is in place indefinitely.

Garvie must serve a minimum of eight years with a further four years on licence.

It’s in relation to offences that occurred between 17 December 2017 and 14 May 2018 against one victim, a boy who was aged 12 at the time of the offences.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Philip Rowles of Banbury CID, said: “Garvie used social media platforms to groom his victim, infiltrate his life and then abuse him for his own sexual gratification.

“These crimes will have a lifelong effect on his victim, who was only 12 years old.

“I hope this is the start of the healing process for the victim as Garvie begins a lengthy prison sentence.

“I hope this also demonstrates that incidents like this will be investigated thoroughly and the perpetrator will be put through the court system.

“If you have concerns about similar crimes and would like to make a report, details of how to do this and further helpful information can be found online.”

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