Sex offender from Norfolk gets longer jail term

A convicted sex offender and former teaching assistant from Norfolk has been sentenced to a further three years in jail for 12 more sex offences.

Liam Reed, 22, of no fixed address, was jailed for two years in January.

Norwich Crown Court heard after a newspaper report about the case more of his victims came forward.

Reed, who worked in the Diss area, then admitted more offences involving six girls aged between 14 and 15 years old in 2008.

He sexually groomed and incited them to take part in sexual activity.

'Immensely brave'

At his first trial Reed had been found guilty of having more than 100 explicit photos of children on his mobile phone and enticing two young girls into a virtual sexual relationship via the internet.

Reed has been put on the sex offenders register for life and barred from working or having contact with children.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Con Jo Polley said: "As a classroom assistant, this man was in a position of trust which he abused.

"The victims and witnesses in this case have been immensely brave in coming forward.

"This investigation is not only a warning to others who may consider committing a similar offence but also shows that the constabulary will act positively to support victims who are vulnerable due to their age or circumstances."

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