August 2017

Dursley man admits catalogue of child sex offences including trying to arrange to molest a girl

A 40-YEAR-OLD Dursley man has today admitted a catalogue of child sex offences including trying to arrange to molest a young girl in Buckinghamshire.

Martin Smith, of Olive Grove, Dursley, pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to a total of six charges and was bailed to await sentence on September 21.

He admitted making 732 indecent images of children between August 2010 and April 2017; another charge of making another 222 images between the same dates; distributing 21 indecent images to others between April and August 2015 and taking indecent photos of a child between September and December 2015.

He further admitted attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence between February and April this year – intending to penetrate a girl under 13 in Aylesbury.

And finally he admitted distributing 18 indecent images of children between February and April this year.

He denied sexual assault of a child under 13 on April 9 this year and taking indecent images of a child during June 2016.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said his pleas were acceptable and the Crown would not proceed with the two charges he denied.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC agreed, saying: “He has owned up as quickly as he can and I think that is only fair.”

He made it a condition of Smith’s bail that he does not contact or associate with anyone under 18.

 

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