Man jailed for sex offences against children - Bracknell

12/06/2015

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 12 June 2015, and was jailed for five years for a number of sex offences against children in Bracknell.

Simon McLaren-Tosh, aged 49, of Bracknell Road, Warfield, was sentenced after pleading guilty on 08 May 2015, to three counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 years of age, one count of voyeurism involving a number of victims and five counts of making/possession of indecent images of children.

In addition to the custodial sentence he was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for an indeterminate period and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for eight years.

The sexual assaults were committed against three girls aged under 13 in Bracknell between 21 April and 20 August 2014. The offences of voyeurism and possession of indecent images relate to the period between January 2010 and August 2014.

McLaren-Tosh was arrested on 12 May 2014, on suspicion of possessing indecent images.  A subsequent examination of his computer revealed assaults against children that were filmed.  Also on the computer were voyeurism videos of people, who were unaware they were being filmed, plus several indecent images of children.

He was arrested on 23 February 2015, for these assaults and the voyeurism offences. A further search was conducted at his home on this day, a laptop was seized from him and he was interviewed and bailed.

An examination of the laptop identified a further sexual assault that was filmed. Further examination of exhibits seized from the search identified more voyeurism videos and indecent photographs.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This case involved the sexual abuse of three girls by a man, who is now 49-years-old in Bracknell between April and August 2014, and voyeurism and making/possession of indecent images, which occurred between January 2010 and August 2014.The young age (under 13) and vulnerability of the victims at the time greatly increases the seriousness of the offences.

"Simon McLaren-Tosh took advantage of his circumstances to prey on the young girls, sexually abuse them and film the abuse for his own sexual gratification. It is only due to the great courage of the victims and their parents that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"McLaren-Tosh had denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct during four police interviews, but on Friday, 8 May 2015, at Reading Crown Court, he offered pleas to nine of 13 counts namely three counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 years of age, one count of voyeurism involving a number of victims and five counts of making/possession of indecent images of children. After consultation with the victims, the pleas were accepted by the prosecution team and the remaining counts left to lie on file.

"The conviction and today's sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward so that the attackers can be brought to justice and others can be saved from the horrific ordeal of abuse. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on the victims and their family of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and today's sentence gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Jon Groenen said: "Firstly I would like to praise the bravery of the victims and their families for fully supporting this complex investigation. I would like to thank them on behalf of Thames Valley Police for their patience through a very difficult time.

"I am pleased for them that justice has been done.

"I hope the total sentence will give other victims of sexual offences the confidence to come forward and speak to police."