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New sentencing guidelines for offence of sexual communication with a child

New sentencing guidelines came into force on 01 July 2022 for the offence of sexual communication with a child (s15A Sexual Offences Act 2015). Offenders now face a maximum penalty of two years in prison, with culpability and harm determined by whether the offender shared images or other digital media, any psychological harm caused, abuse of trust or use of threats or bribes.

For the Sentencing Council announcement, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers

01.07.2022