A MAN has been found guilty of sexual offences against children after assaulting a teenage girl, and sending explicit images to other victims.
Roland Lamin, 29, of Hackney, was found guilty of one count of causing a child to look at an image of sexual activity, one count of causing a child to engage in a sexual act, one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child, two counts of sexual assault on a female (aged 15) one victim and two counts of breaching a sexual risk order. The offences took place between August 2016 and June 2019.
Lamin admitted to one count of possession of indecent images of a child at the start of the trial, which concluded on Thursday, October 31 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
He was found not guilty of one count of sexual communication with a child and one count of causing a child to look at an image of sexual activity, relating to a third girl.
Lamin was remanded in custody to be sentenced at the same court on Friday, November 22.
The charges relate to two victims aged between 14 and 15. The court heard that Lamin met and contacted his victims through Snapchat. After initially sending friendly messages, they became more sexual, and he began sending explicit images of himself and requesting images in return. He told a number of the victims that he was younger than he was.
He met one of the victims, and sexually assaulted her in his car.
Detective constable Steve Gradwell from Central Specialist Crime, who led the investigation, said: “Lamin was predatory in seeking out vulnerable young girls he had never met before on Snapchat, and befriending them before bombarding them with sexual messages.
“Lamin has expressed no remorse and denied his crimes, but evidence of his guilt, amassed by the investigating officers, was overwhelming.
“It is important that young people in particular are vigilant about people they engage with online, and this case shows the potential dangers of communicating with people you don’t know.”
His offending came to light when one girl was overheard at school by a teacher, talking about a man buying her things and referring to him as their “sugar daddy”.
The matter was reported to police. Stoke Newington CID led the initial investigation, before officers from Central Specialist Crime took the lead.
Lamin was identified and first arrested in Wiltshire on January 23 2018.
On April 9 2019 at Thames Magistrates’ Court, Lamin was issued with an interim Sexual Risk Order which prohibited him from contacting or communicating with any girl under the age of 16, and from using the internet and social media platforms.
In breach of his order, he began talking to a 14-year-old girl on Snapchat. He arranged to meet her in Bristol in June 2019, but she did not show up after changing her mind.
The matter came to the attention of the local force, who passed their information to the Met.
Lamin was arrested again on June 18 2019.
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