Atherstone man jailed for online child sex offences
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An Atherstone man has been jailed for a total of four years after admitting making and distributing indecent images of children.
George Jones, of Cooks Close, created a false profile on a social media site and uploaded the indecent images in a bid to frame a third party.
Jones was arrested on 9 February 2021 after officers conducted a warrant at his home address where a number of devices were seized.
An investigation was carried out by Warwickshire Police’s specialist Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team (OCSET) and following a forensic examination of the devices, evidence was recovered to prove Jones had uploaded the images.
He was charged with making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, distributing an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and committing an act/series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice.
Jones pleaded guilty to all three offences at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday (11 November).
He received a two year jail sentence for the distribution offence and was handed a further two years imprisonment after admitting perverting the course of justice.
He was jailed for 10 months for making an indecent image, which will run concurrently to the existing sentences.
The 40-year-old was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register, given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for ten years and made to pay a victim surcharge.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Adam James from the force’s OCSET said: “We have a dedicated team of specialist officers targeting child sex offenders online to prevent harm to all children and to identify victims.
“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities from people like Jones, and will leave no stone unturned to bring them to justice.
“Although Jones attempted to frame someone else using social media, the team’s investigation work meant we were able to secure a conviction and ensure Jones was punished for his actions.
“This type of crime is abhorrent and we are very happy Jones is now behind bars.”