Man jailed for sexual relationship with schoolgirl

A man from Sawtry who groomed and had a sexual relationship with a schoolgirl has been jailed.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 4:25 pm
Sam Harber. Picture: Cambridgeshire police
Sam Harber. Picture: Cambridgeshire police

Sam Harber, 30, of Cotton Close, Sawtry, met the victim after helping her with her laptop and the pair then communicated daily on Snapchat.

The incidents happened in July and August 2017.

Harber and the girl continued to talk on social media but then stopped contacting each other in January 2018.

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Harber pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child, engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a child, and causing or inciting a girl to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.

He was jailed for two years and eight months and handed a seven-year restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim and a witness at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (11 June). He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Detective Constable Karin Peters, who investigated, said: “No child should have to experience this and it is an ordeal the victim will now have to live with. We work tirelessly to bring people who abuse children before the courts.”

If you’re concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence, and could be posing a risk to a child, you can apply for disclosure information through Sarah’s Law: