January 2018

Wye Valley man jailed for six years for online child sex offences

A 23-YEAR-OLD Wye Valley man has been jailed for six years for online child sex offences.

Daniel Dean, from Symonds Yat, admitted 13 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity among a string of sex offences.

Hereford Crown Court heard he invented “fake personas” on the internet to engage with children and incite them to commit offences for his own gratification.

He also threatened to expose images and videos of the youngsters if they refused to carry out his sick demands.

Dean also pleaded guilty to four counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, six counts of making indecent photographs of a child, one count of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, and one charge of voyeurism.

He will be on licence for a further four years when eventually released and was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life, and given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Dean was initially arrested in April 2016 by Warwickshire and West Mercia police officers as part of Operation Safenet, which targets suspected paedophiles operating online.

He was then re-arrested in July 2016 following the discovery of evidence on his computer and devices, which showed he had been engaging with children on a number of internet platforms, and inciting them to commit serious sexual offences.

A large collection of indecent images of children was also found, the court heard.