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"Dangerous and predatory" sex offender jailed - Portsmouth

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A “dangerous and predatory” sex offender was today jailed for five years.

On 16 July last year, Nigel Hall, aged 34, was in the public toilets at Portsmouth Harbour station.

He waited for a young 15-year-old boy, who had considerable learning difficulties, to come into the toilets.

He then sexually assaulted him.

After being caught on CCTV, Hall, of Nobes Avenue in Gosport, was identified and arrested three days later.

Hall pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a mentally disordered male, and one count of causing or inciting sexual activity with a mentally disordered male, at Portsmouth Crown Court on 23 March.

He had also previously pleaded guilty to two offences being investigated by Hampshire Police for grooming and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Today, Hall was sentenced to a total of five years behind bars.

Det Con Steph Davis said: “Nigel Hall is a dangerous and predatory individual. He used a chance meeting with a vulnerable child as an opportunity to commit a serious sexual offence upon him.

“I would like to thank the victim and his parents for their courage and resilience during the police investigation.

“I hope that the sentence handed down today will afford them some comfort and help them to move forward as a family.”

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