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Evesham man jailed for sexual abuse of children

Following an investigation by West Mercia Police a man from Evesham has been jailed after pleading guilty to six charges relating to the sexual abuse of children.

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Christopher Pennington
Christopher Michael Pennington, aged 39 from Aldington, Evesham, was sentenced today (11 August) at Worcester Crown Court to five years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a child under 13 years, attempting to arrange a meeting with the intention of sexually assaulting a child, possessing indecent images of children, and distributing an indecent image of a child.

He has also been placed on the sex offender register for the rest of his life and has been made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further notice.

Pennington was arrested by officers from the Operation Safenet team, specialist officers who investigate those involved in online child sexual exploitation within West Mercia.

Detective Inspector Gavin Kinrade said; "I hope that this result gives a clear warning to other offenders that we are absolutely committed to protecting children from sexual abuse and online child sexual exploitation.

"Tackling child sexual exploitation remains a priority for West Mercia Police and we remain steadfast in our commitment to preventing children being abused and exploited, to bring to justice to all those who commit such horrific crimes and to ensure that the public are confident that they can come forward and talk to us about their concerns for a child's safety.

"We understand that cases such as this can cause people within the community concern, particularly parents. We would like to offer reassurance that we are committed to doing everything within our power to protect children and vulnerable people.

"I encourage anyone who has concerns that a child might be a victim of child sexual exploitation or abuse to call us on 101. Specialist officers, working together in partnership with support agencies across our region, are here to listen, to investigate and to bring perpetrators of these horrific crimes before the courts."

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a registered child protection charity dedicated to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families affected by sexual abuse, including adult male and female sexual abusers, young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours, victims of abuse and other family members. More information for adults concerned about their own behaviour, or that of someone they know, is available at www.stopitnow.org.uk

Operation Safenet is a policing operation involving four police forces in the West Midlands targeting suspected paedophiles operating online. For more information visit www.westmercia.police.uk/operationsafenet

Anyone wishing to give information about a crime but who doesn't want to give their name can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Issued by Corporate Communications, CA, 11 August 16:30

Published 11/08/17