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Nuneaton man sentenced to 11 years in prison for child sexual offences

Following an investigation by Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, a man from Nuneaton has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of child sexual offences committed online.

Spencer O'Toole

Spencer O'Toole, 46, of Park Street, was sentenced on Wednesday (20 December) at Warwick Crown Court. O'Toole was jailed after admitting the following offences:

- Two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
- Two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
- Six counts of making indecent photographs of children

O'Toole was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and handed a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

O'Toole was initially arrested in August 2017 by a joint team of officers from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police who are engaged on Operation Safenet - a policing operation targeting suspected paedophiles operating online.

He was re-arrested in September following the discovery of evidence on his computer devices that showed he had been engaging with children on a number of internet platforms inciting them to commit serious sexual offences, which he then watched. A large collection of indecent images of children was also found.

Detective Inspector Gavin Kinrade said: "This was one of the most disturbing cases my team have had to deal with. O'Toole targeted young and vulnerable children using the internet to commit his crimes. While O'Toole may have been sentenced today, my team are working tirelessly to safeguard those children he preyed upon.

"I would also urge parents to make sure that they fully engage with their children and know exactly what they are doing online.

"Further advice for parents and children can be found by visiting the Warwickshire Police and West Police Websites, the NCA-CEOP website or thinkuknow.co.uk."

To report a crime like this, phone the police non-emergency number 101 (always call 999 in an emergency though). If you'd like to give information anonymously - without leaving your name or identifying details - you can do so by phoning the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers also has an anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a registered child protection charity dedicated to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families affected by sexual abuse, including adult male and female sexual abusers, young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours, victims of abuse and other family members. More information for adults concerned about their own behaviour, or that of someone they know, is available at www.stopitnow.org.uk

Issued: 5.20pm, Wednesday 20 December, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

Published 20/12/17