September 2018

Darwen man jailed for sex offences

A 47-year-old Darwen man has been jailed after admitting a number of sex offences.

Alan Oakshott, of Blackburn Road, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, September 18).

Oakshott was arrested in January after sending sexually explicit messages to several girls he believed were aged between 12 and 14.

The ‘girls’ were in fact adult members of so-called paedophile hunter groups, who alerted police to Oakshott’s actions.

In evidence presented to police, it was found Oakshott had sent a number of messages between November 2017 and January 2018.

He was charged with a number of offences, pleading guilty to one count of attempted grooming of a child, two counts of attempted sexual communication with a child, two counts of attempting to cause a child under 13 to look at a sexual image and one count of attempting to cause or incite a child into sexual activity.

While on remand, Oakshott was also charged with a further offence of causing or inciting a child into sexual activity. This related to sexually explicit messages he sent to a 15-year-old girl in October 2016.

Oakshott also pleaded guilty to this offence.

He was sentenced to 28 months in prison and will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.