September 2017

Doncaster child sex offender Jason Armstrong’s sentence doubled

A man who used fake social media profiles in order to sexually abuse young girls has had his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal.

Jason Armstrong, 52, of Moorends, Doncaster, was jailed for eight years in June.

Court of Appeal judges found the term was “unduly lenient” and increased it to 16 years and eight months.

Armstrong’s original sentence was challenged by the Solicitor General Robert Buckland for being “too low”.

Armstrong, who is originally from Sheringham, in Norfolk, previously admitted a variety of counts relating to seven “vulnerable” victims.

They came from all over the UK and six were aged 15 and one was aged 17.

The offences, which spanned a two-year period, included sexual activity with a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was also convicted of making and distributing indecent images of children.

The court heard Armstrong, who was previously of “good character”, had posed as a young female, and a male, in his 30s, and specifically targeted teenage victims who were experiencing difficulties at home.

Lady Justice Sharp said Armstrong’s crimes were “very serious”, and his original sentence was “unduly lenient by a considerable margin”.

Armstrong watched the hearing via video-link from prison.

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.