Man jailed over child sex offences
A King’s Lynn man who groomed and sexually assaulted a teenager has been jailed.
Ryan Malin, 31, from Necton Road in Little Dunham, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 9 November 2018 after being found guilty on Tuesday 25 September 2018.
Reporting restrictions were imposed on the case as Malin faced a further offence of malicious communications which was dealt with at Norwich Magistrates Court today (Friday 10 May 2019).
The offence related to indecent images and messages that were sent to a teenage boy via Snapchat in October 2017, which Malin had denied but was found guilty by magistrates.
Malin was sentenced to a further 15 weeks imprisonment, to run concurrently and ordered to pay victim surcharge of £115.
The grooming and sexual assault offences related to incidents which happened between May and July in 2017.
The court heard how Malin bought his first victim various presents in order to gain his trust before carrying out the assaults. He also sent the victim indecent messages and images and insisted they called him ‘dad’.
A second victim, who was aged over 18, was sexually assaulted by Malin at a car boot in May 2017. He then sent them inappropriate messages via Snapchat.
Malin was arrested on 10 June 2017 and charged with two counts of inciting a child to engage in a sexual act and seven counts of sexual assault.
After being found guilty of all nine offences Malin was given a 12-year sentence, for which he must serve at least eight-years before being considered for parole. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Alex Gilmour, said: "This case highlights how offenders can target young people through exploitation; offering jobs, gifts and money in return for their trust and creating situations where they can be alone together.
"Fortunately the victim ended contact and bravely told their family about the inappropriate messages and the assaults, which eventually resulted in police being made aware of the circumstances.
"The victims were extremely brave in coming forward and I hope today’s result offers some form of closure for them. I am sure the incidents will stay with them for a long time but truly hope the fact that Malin has paid for his actions will encourage them to remain strong and brave.
"This case shows that police will investigate reports of sexual offences thoroughly, with dedicated officers working closely with the victims of such offences to bring offenders to justice.”