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.