Online contact led to sex charges

After confiscating alcohol from a 15-year-old girl he met at a party because she was too young, a 47-year-old man began grooming her for online indecencies and sexual encounters.

Jeffrey Paul Hosking admitted three sex charges in the Christchurch District Court today before Judge Michael Crosbie remanded him in custody for a Crown sentencing session on January 24.

Judge Crosbie referred the case for a possible restorative justice meeting between Hosking and his victim, and asked for a pre-sentence report. Defence counsel Steve Hembrow said there was no application for bail pending sentence.

Hosking admitted charges of exposing a young person to indecent material online, sexual connection with a 15-year-old girl, and doing an indecent act with her.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathy Pomfrett said Hosking met the girl at a party in June and confiscated alcohol from her when he found she was aged 15.

A week later, he friended her on Facebook and they began to have contact on Facebook and Snapchat.

Hosking groomed her by telling her he could supply cash, cigarettes, and alcohol “but he would need favours in return”, said the sergeant.

The online contacts soon became sexualised, including Hosking asking the girl to send him naked photos and video of her performing a sexual act. She complied with the request.

Hosking then met her in his vehicle before she went to school and drove her to the top storey of a mall carpark where he touched her breasts and placed her straddling him before attempting to remove her tights. “The victim managed to move away so that the incident didn’t progress any further,” said Sergeant Pomfrett.

The encounters then moved on to oral sex at Hosking’s home, with him supplying alcohol for her and her friends. After one incident, the girl was hospitalised with alcohol poisoning because of the alcohol he had provided.

The contact ceased after that, but Hosking tried to resume Facebook contact in September when he offered to supply cigarettes. There was then one more indecency incident when he drove her to a park.

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