"Predatory" Bexley man who took underage girls he met online to Ashford hotel jailed
PUBLISHED: 13:14 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 25 February 2016
He has been sentenced to nine years in prison
A “predatory” man who groomed and committed sexual offences against four children has been jailed for nine years.
Sean Medland, 23, formerly of Hurst Road, Bexley, had previously been found guilty to offences relating to causing and inciting children to engage in sexual activity.
Police received reports that a 14-year-old girl had engaged in sexual activity with a man she met online claiming he was from Dartford.
In December 2012, Meddle met the girl in Sheerness and took her for a drive, stopping at an Ashford hotel where he had sexual intercourse with her.
He was arrested in January 2013.
As police continued investigating, they discovered Medland had spoken to a number of other girls through online identities including ‘Yip Yip Dibble’ ‘Kriss Kross’ and ‘Billy Baker.’
He would message underage girls and ask them to carry out various acts for his sexual gratification in exchange for money.
On two occasions he met with the girls and took them to an Ashford hotel.
Medland denied the charges against him but a jury found him guilty of the offences and he was sentenced to 9 years in prison, with an extended licence period of 5 years.
DC Mikaela Leahy from the paedophile and online investigation team said: “I first of all want to thank the victims and their families who came forward and supported this case. I appreciate that it can be difficult, but this sort of assistance is essential to ensure that people like Medland can be stopped.
“Sean Medland is a predatory offender with appalling sexual desires that are directed at children. He tried to hide behind names such as Yip Yip Dibble in order to mask his true persona. It is clear that the jury saw through his web of lies and changes of account and realised that he is a dangerous individual. I am delighted that he has been brought to justice will now be in the one place where he cannot harm children.’