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Man jailed for sex offences against teenage girls he met on social media

A man from Aldingbourne has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual activity with young girls he met through social media.

23-year-old roofer, Mitchell Jones, of Nyton Road in Aldingbourne near Chichester, was sentenced for three counts of sexual activity with a child aged 14 and one count of sexual activity with a child aged 15.

The counts relate to his offending against a 14-year old girl in Chichester over three months in 2015, and also with a girl aged 15 in Hampshire around the same time.

He met both girls through social media.

Jones will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to young children and computers.

23-year-old Mitchell Jones has been sentenced to four and a half years Credit: Sussex Police

"This case demonstrates how the police tenaciously investigate such crimes. After we examined Jones' mobile phone, further potential witnesses were identified and they subsequently assisted us.

"By their very nature, these young girls were vulnerable. They have shown great character and bravery in supporting the police and with their evidence, the Court have held Jones accountable for his actions.

"When he is released from prison, he will be closely supervised with the assistance of the SHPO and the sex offender registration."

– Detective Constable David Midgley of Chichester Investigations