October 2016

Man jailed for child sex crimes and indecent images offences

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A THURROCK man has been jailed for 11 years after admitting to a series of historic child sex crimes and indecent images offences.

Keith Noble, 53, of Flint Street, Grays, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault at Basildon Crown Court last week.

He had already admitted a number of indecent images charges and further offences of attempted rape and indecent assault in June.

The offences involved two female victims who were juveniles at the time.

The offences occurred between 1998 and 2003.

Police said Noble had originally been arrested in 2002 after one of the two victims made an allegation of a sexual offence.

However, after investigating it was concluded that there was ’insufficient evidence to proceed’.

Then, in October 2014, it was alleged that Noble had accessed indecent images of children.

He was charged with 14 offences – of making indecent images, distributing indecent images, possession of extreme pornography and recording a person doing a private act – which he admitted at his first court appearance in October 2015.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “During the course of the investigation, officers discovered evidence of covert filming and distribution of images. The victim was identified, who later disclosed other offences for which Noble was responsible.

“As a result of this disclosure, officers contacted the victim who mad the allegations in 2002, who agreed to speak to officers again.”

Noble was jailed last week for all 19 offences and given a 12-month licence period to be served when he is released.