A BROMSGROVE man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to six child sex offences.
Nathan Stanley, 22, was handed the sentence at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday.
He was arrested on May 12, 2017 after police received reports from a victim and officers identified others as part of their investigation.
Stanley was charged with five counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and admitted every one.
As well as the jail term Stanley has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for eight years and will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Det Insp Lisa Duncan said Stanley was a predator who preyed on vulnerable members of the community and had rightly been brought to justice.
“He targeted children using false profiles on social media platforms and incited children to engage in sexual communications and activity which he knew was wrong both morally and legally.”
She said while social media and the Internet provided a wealth of positive opportunities, children and parents needed to be aware of the dangers and know how to spot signs of online child sexual exploitation grooming.
“I would encourage families to take an active interest into who their children are talking to online.”
DI Duncan also paid tribute to the excellent work carried out by her officers on this case and for tracing the victims.
“Moreover, I want to pay tribute to the courage and bravery of every single victim in coming forward to provide evidence of Mr Stanley’s offending.
“I hope this case encourages other victims to speak out against those who have abused them in order to gain the justice they deserve and prevent further dangerous offending.
“We want victims to know that we will always treat their reports seriously, they will be listened to and we will do all we can to bring them the justice they are owed.”
Anyone who has been a victim of online sexual abuse or are worried about someone they know being abused should call West Mercia Police on telephone 101.
Any victims who need support, or may not want to contact the police can contact West Mercia Police’s Victim Advice Line on 0800 952 3000.
The line offers a free, independent and confidential support service and also has a website – www.victimadviceline.org.uk