October 2018

Man who incited boys online is jailed

JAIL: Matthew Sargeant has been convicted of 14 offencesA Harrogate man has been jailed for six years and four months for a series of internet sex crimes involving boys.

Matthew Peter Sargeant, 23, of Crossways Crescent, admitted 12 charges of inciting or attempting to incite boys to engage in sexual activity and three of having indecent images of children downloaded from the internet.

York Crown Court heard he used several fake Facebook and Skype profiles including posing as a girl.

He contacted boys in more than one country and urged them to perform and film sexual acts via webcams and cameras for his sexual gratification.

The children were mostly aged between 11 and 14.

Sargeant was arrested after his illegal internet activity was tracked to laptops in his student Worcester address and a relative’s Derbyshire address.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.