Crawley web pervert who preyed on girls is jailed

Oliver Sturman, SUS-150114-100907001
Oliver Sturman, SUS-150114-100907001

A man from Crawley has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for child sex offences.

Oliver Sturman, 19, formerly of Knighton Close, Crawley, and currently of Newton Road, Southampton, appeared at Southampton Crown Court on Friday (January 9).

He was sentenced to a total of five-and-a-half years imprisonment, with a further four-and-a-half years to be served on extended release licence.

Sturman had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to seven offences of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, and one offence of causing a child to watch a sexual act over a webcam. Also four similar offences in relation to another girl and ten offences of taking and possessing indecent images of other girls via webcam.

All the offences took place while he was living in Crawley.

After his arrest and bail in May 2014, Sturman moved to Southampton and also pleaded guilty to inciting girls under 16 to engage in sexual activity there.

Police said all the victims were contacted online and received indecent messages sent with the intention of arranging sexual activity between Sturman and the victims.

He was also sentenced on Friday after admitting sexual activity with girl while on bail.

Sturman was required to register as a sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) for 12 years severely restricting his access to young girls and computers.

The case followed an investigation by the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) of Sussex Police.

Detective Constable Chris Smith of POLIT said “We received intelligence that Sturman was engaging in indecent live on-line video chat with one of the girls. When we arrested him and seized his computer we found evidence of all the other offending.

“It became clear that he had for some time been systematically approaching teenage girls on-line via websites, and coercing them into performing indecent acts for his enjoyment and sexual gratification, threatening to tell their friends if they refused to co-operate.

“However, this behaviour came to our notice, and we moved swiftly to arrest him and put a stop to his vicious and unpleasant activities.

“This case serves as a further reminder to parents and teenage children that great care needs to be taken in making contacts on-line.”