February 2018

Man jailed for inciting sexual activity with a child

A Mansfield man who asked a young girl to send him explicit photos of herself on Facebook has been jailed for six years.

Aiden Cooper, 21, formerly of Andover Road, Mansfield, also asked the girl, who was 12-years-old at the time, to have sex with him.

Cooper pleaded guilty, on 5 January 2018, to four counts of inciting a girl aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, three counts of making indecent images and one count of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that the victim received Facebook messages from Cooper, using an account under a different name and claiming to be 13-years-old.

The girl’s mum found messages with sexual content on her daughter’s mobile phone and, fearing the sender was older than 13, she contacted police.

The court was told that Cooper had also been in contact with the girl on Skype, forcing her to watch a sex act.

As well as his jail sentence Cooper was made subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

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