April 2020

Strood sex offender jailed over child abuse

A sex offender has been locked up after being found guilty of abusing a child in the 1970s.

Paul Hyland of Fulmar Road, Strood, indecently assaulted a child decades ago and when police went to his home to question him over the matters, they seized his laptops and found indecent images on them.

Police arrested him and uncovered hard drives containing almost 200 indecent images of children, 49 of which were in the most serious category.

Hyland, 62, was said to have carried out the abuse between 1973 and 1980, his victim came forward in August 2017.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of children but denied two allegations of abuse, namely, indecent assault against a child.

After being found guilty by a jury, he was jailed for five years and three months.

Hyland was also placed on the sex offenders’ register and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, both indefinitely.