Lakenheath cheerleading coach jailed for a year for sending indecent image of himself to teenager
An American cheerleading coach who sent a teenage girl an indecent image has been jailed for a year.
Chase Fowler, 27, was visiting the country for work purposes and volunteered as a coach at an east Cambridgeshire gym.
He came to police attention after one of his students, a girl in her early teens, had been contact by Fowler on Snapchat asking for her to send him a photo of herself, before sending her an indecent image of himself.
The victim immediately blocked Fowler from further contacting her and told a friend about what had happened.
Fowler was arrested and on examination of his mobile phone, police found conversations and photos of a sexual nature between Fowler and a 14-year-old girl in America.
In police interview, Fowler claimed he was like a celebrity, or “cheer-lebrity”, on social media in the USA and he would travel around the world to volunteer as a cheerleading coach.
He went on to say the students he coaches are often young and because of his well-known status many of them add him on social media.
On September 18, Fowler, of Back Street in Lakenheath, was charged with two counts of engaging in sexual communications with a child and two counts of making indecent images of a child.
Today he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison after admitting the offences at a previous hearing.
He has also been made subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Detective Constable Martin Hardy said: “This case shows just how serious the police and courts take new legislation relating to engaging in sexual communication with a child.
“The victim in the UK showed great bravery in telling a friend about what had happened which ultimately enabled us to uncover Fowler’s offending and safeguard any further children from his actions.”