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Stowmarket man jailed for abducting teenage boy

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A man from Stowmarket who abducted a 15-year-old boy is starting a 28 month prison sentence.

Terence Seaman, 52, of Lydgate Road, spent three days at his flat in the town with the boy who was living in a care home.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Wednesday that Seaman had slept in the same bed as the boy and, while the boy was fully clothed, had kissed him.

Seaman pleaded guilty to abducting a child between May 29 and June 1, 2014 and sexual activity with a child between May 29 and May 31, 2014.

Sentencing him to a total of 28 months imprisonment, Judge Rupert Overbury told Seaman: “It is plain to me that you intended to have a sexual relationship with him and you found him sexually attractive.”

Prosecuting, Mark Roochove said Seaman had invited the boy to stay with him after they met on Facebook.

Seaman, who said that as a child he had been in foster care, had tried to reassure the boy by saying: “I’m not a perv or a paedo.”

Mr Roochove said Seaman had collected the boy in a taxi from the care home where he lived which led to police officers calling at the flat in Stowmarket looking for the boy.

On that occasion no-one was there but when officers returned later they found the boy who was returned to the care of the local authority, said Mr Roochove.

Richard Potts, representing Seaman, said his client had not held the boy against his will and the sexual activity with a child charge related to Seaman having kissed him.

Seaman was a “lonely and unsure” person who struggled to come to terms with his sexuality, said Mr Potts.

Mr Potts added that while the boy was staying at Seaman’s flat he had been able to contact his mother and say where he was.

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