Jailed: Pervert who made sexually “disgusting” comments to girl, 12

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Canterbury Crown Court is in Chaucer Road

A pervert who made indecent comments to a 12-year-old girl in Canterbury is starting a prison sentence.

Ryan Osbourne made the remarks to his victim in Wincheap Road on September 16 last year after first claiming he wanted her help as a participant in a survey.

The distressed child phoned her mother while Osbourne, 29, made his way quickly away from the scene. She later said the comments were “disgusting” and that she had “never heard language like that before”.

The incident happened just months after Osbourne was freed from an indefinite prison sentence for sexual assaults on women late at night in 2008.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that police were called and after an investigation which involved reviewing CCTV image officers arrested Osbourne at his home in Golf Road, Deal, on October 1.

Pervert Ryan Osbourne

At court he denied a charge of sexual communication with a child, but was convicted following a three-day trial.

The jury was told that Osbourne had filmed the encounter with the girl on his phone.

Police found further videos he had shot which showed him tailing other women around the city at night.

Osbourne was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison, but will only be eligible for release if he is regarded as not posing a further threat.

Investigating officer Det Con Adam Franks said: “Osbourne targeted a young child in a public place and his offensive comments caused her considerable distress.

“He should be thoroughly ashamed of his predatory conduct and it is right that he has received a prison sentence.

“I would commend the bravery of his young victim in helping to bring this man to justice.”

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