Man jailed for indecencies after online contact

It began with a 47-year-old man confiscating booze from a 15-year-old girl at a party because she was too young. Months of sexual indecencies followed.

Jeffrey Paul Hosking’s actions have now led to his jailing for three years, at his Christchurch District Court sentencing.

He followed up the party meeting in Christchurch with messages to the girl on Facebook and Snapchat, requested indecent pictures and videos of a sexual act from her, and then met her repeatedly for indecencies.

His defence counsel Steve Hembrow said the offending by Hosking followed the breakdown a relationship when he was depressed and getting back into excessive drinking.

In October, 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 upon her.

Hosking offered to supply the girl with cash, cigarettes, and alcohol but indicated he would need “favours” in return.

His approaches led to at least three indecent “selfies” being sent online by the girl, as well as repeated sexual contact including touching, masturbation, and oral sex. One encounter took place on the top storey of a shopping mall carpark.

The incidents ended with the girl being hospitalised with alcohol poisoning because of drink Hosking had provided.

Crown prosecutor Chris Bernhardt told the court the effects on the girl of Hosking’s offending had been substantial, with his text messages showing the predatory nature and the sinister overtones of his behaviour.

The mother of the girl said in her victim impact statement that she was “angry, sick, and ashamed” that she had not been able to protect her child.

From being an outgoing child, the girl had become withdrawn and tearful. Her attitude had changed and she had begun self-harming.

Judge Alistair Garland said Hosking was seen as being genuinely remorseful. When he was read the victim impact statement by his counsel, he had said he felt miserable and ashamed for what he had done to the girl.

Mr Hembrow had said Hosking would accept any course of treatment available to him in prison.

Judge Garland said Hosking was assessed as a medium risk of reoffending, but his potential for causing harm to others was seen as high. He noted references from family, friends, and employers which indicated the offending was out of character.

He also noted Hosking had “long term substance abuse issues”.

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