May 2018

Luton pervert jailed for exploiting children online

A 28-year-old “dangerous paedophile” from Luton has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to a string of online child sex offences.

Jacob Freckleton, of Rushall Green, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court today after he pleaded guilty to 15 offences including making indecent images of a child and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

His nine-year jail term will be followed by five years on an extended license period.

Freckleton took advantage of the web to contact and befriend girls under the age of 13. He persuaded them to take part in sexual acts which he then recorded to his mobile phone and laptop.

One horrified mum wrote: “He has taken away our daughter’s innocence.”

Freckleton’s offending was finally brought to light when the mother of one of the children checked her daughter’s phone and found shocking images.

Two of the mothers whose children were exploited by Freckleton wrote to the court ahead of his sentencing and described the impact of his actions.

One mother wrote: “Our daughter’s young age was exploited and it shows how easy it is for a predator to talk to a child and find out where they live. I have gone through a range of emotions and can’t help but worry for my children and the dangers they could encounter on the internet.

“It took a lot of courage for our daughter to attend the police station and carry out an interview discussing the matter. Since the day we found out, we have noticed a change in her behaviour and have seen her school life suffer. I feel she is trying to isolate herself and hide away…”

Another mum wrote: “I was horrified at the thought of these images being found on the offender’s laptop and I pray that they haven’t been shared with anyone else.

“Knowing that the images are out there of my daughter for others to view for their own sexual gratification makes me physically feel sick.”

January 2018

Luton man convicted of a number of online child sex offences

A man from Luton has been convicted of a number of online child sex offences.

Jacob Freckleton, 28, a Network Rail engineer, was convicted at Luton Crown Court on Thursday, January 11, after pleading guilty to a further seven charges of online related child sex offences.

He had previously pleaded guilty to eight counts in November 2017. The court heard how he used social media apps and live streaming platforms to contact and befriend girls under the age of 13.

He had persuaded them to engage in sexual activity and recorded the activity directly to his mobile phone and laptop.

His offending was brought to the attention of police after the mother of one of the girls checked her daughter’s phone and found indecent images and messages from Freckleton.

On Thursday Freckleton pleaded guilty to four counts of causing and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and five counts of making indecent images of children.

Freckleton was again remanded in custody pending sentencing in March.