28 May 2022

Riding instructor sentenced for sending sexual messages to under age girl

A horse riding instructor has been given a 24 month community order after sending sexual communications to a girl under the age of 16.

Alice Pearse (COR), 26, of Fairlands Farm, Landford Wood, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child at an earlier hearing.

She was sentenced today (14th January 2022) at Salisbury Crown Court, where she was also given a five-year restraining order, which included instructions not to contact the victim directly or indirectly.

In October last year, the mum of the victim reported concerns to Wiltshire Police over inappropriate contact from Pearse to her daughter.

On the victim’s phone were numerous messages from Pearse to the victim of a sexual nature as well as offers to buy a new mobile phone and helping the victim run away.

Pearse was arrested last October and had her mobile phone seized at Melksham Police Station.

She has been added to the sex offender’s register for five years and is no longer an accredited coach.

Child Abuse Investigator Kirsten Woodward said, “This sentence was brought about by the parents spotting that something wasn’t right with their daughter and coming forward to the police.

“I would encourage parents to keep an eye out for any signs that a child might be being sexually exploited, including changes in behaviour and mood, spending more time online and becoming secretive over it and receiving unexplained gifts.

“This person was in a position of trust, which makes it even more concerning for those involved.

“I hope this sentence will encourage others, especially parents, to come forward and speak to us, no matter when the offence happened.

“It is our duty to protect children and young people from risk and take allegation of this nature extremely seriously and will continue to work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.”

Wiltshire Police encourage anyone who has been a victim of child sexual abuse to contact them on 101 where you can speak with our specialist detectives in confidence.

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Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty