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Evesham man sentenced for child sex offences

Forty-two year old Christopher Cuthbertson from Crump Way, Evesham has been sentenced to a total of 13 years imprisonment after appearing at Worcester Crown Court today, 7 March 2019 for child sex offences.

The Judge also ordered that a Sexual Harm Prevention Order be granted in full against him to run indefinitely, ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the defendant's devices and that he should pay court surcharges.  Upon his release from prison Cuthbertson will also be required to sign the Sex Offender Register indefinitely so that he can continue to be monitored.

In sentencing Cuthbertson, Judge GRIFFITHS-JONES commented:

"In many ways it is a tragedy that someone who has shown so many qualities in their life is standing before me for such serious offences. I have to ensure that the sentence is just and proportionate and looked at as a whole. This course of offending was planned in detail and mercifully a child didn't come into your clutches, but had they been, would have been severely damaged. You present a significant risk of harm and particularly to young children."

Following his arrest by West Mercia Police on 22 December, he appeared before Kidderminster Magistrates Court on Christmas Eve where he was remanded into custody.  He has remained in custody until his sentence today.

He next appeared at Hereford Crown Court on 21 January 2019 for a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing after being charged with three child sex offences.

The three charges are attempting to arrange / facilitate the commission of a child sex offence (for this he received 8 years imprisonment extended by 5 years due to the defendant's dangerousness - total 13 years imprisonment) and distributing indecent images of children of category A and B.

As the police investigation progressed, he was charged with a further eight offences including two charges of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity (new victims), attempting to arrange/facilitate the commission of a child sex offence (new victim) (also 8 years imprisonment extended by 5 years due to defendant's dangerousness - total 13 years imprisonment), two charges of making extreme images, and making category A, B and C indecent images of children.

He appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on 14 February for Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing for the new offences.

The case was adjourned for sentencing today.

Speaking after sentencing DCI Gavin Kinrade said

"We are delighted that Christopher Cuthbertson has been brought to justice today.  The significant sentence demonstrates the seriousness of the offences he has committed against some of the most vulnerable people in our community - our children.

"Although Cuthbertson attempted to incite a child to engage in sexual activity the intervention of highly trained specialist officers meant that he was unable to live out his fantasies.

"We are very pleased that he will now be in prison for a considerable length of time and when he is eventually released he will be required to register as a sex offender and will be closely monitored under Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements."

Georgina Hewins from the CPS said: "Cuthbertson initially claimed that he was arranging to meet the boy to safeguard him by calling the police.

"However, when his conversation on social media was shown to Cuthbertson, he admitted that he did have a sexual interest in children and was intending to rape the 12 year old boy.

"This is a shocking case and during the investigation further evidence was discovered of the offender arranging to meet other underage boys in order to sexually abuse them.

"West Mercia Police are to be commended for the quality of their investigation which enabled the CPS to bring charges that reflect the severity of the offences."

Published 07/03/19