June 2017

Doncaster man jailed for sex attacks on girls he met online

A Doncaster man has been jailed for eight years for a string of sex attacks on teenage girls he met online.

Jason Armstrong, aged 51, of Moorends, preyed on victims he met by setting up fake profiles pretending to be a teenage girl looking for friends.

He admitted 21 sexual offences committed against seven victims aged between 15 and 17.

He pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of distributing images and videos, four counts of making indecent images of children and one count of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

Armstrong, who is originally from Norfolk but recently moved to Doncaster, had victims in Cleveland, Cheshire, Berkshire, North and West Yorkshire and Scotland.

South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation after receiving a report in 2016 that he had been using a fake social media profile and through messaging apps, to pose as a 16-year-old female to ‘make friends’ and gain the trust of vulnerable teenage girls.

He then went on to introduce himself as Jay, a ‘friend’ of his fake persona.