Ex-army officer jailed for 38 months for arranging online sexual abuse

|News, Sexual offences

An ex-army officer who paid for live streaming of child abuse in the Philippines and incited children to engage in sexual activity has been sent to prison for a total of 38 months.

Andrew Whiddett, 70, from Portsmouth, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court today (22 May) after he admitted six sexual offences at the start of his trial in April.

CPS Prosecutor Nikki Powell said: “The CPS worked closely with colleagues in the National Crime Agency to prepare a case that left Whiddett with no choice but to admit his appalling crimes. This is a dangerous online sexual predator whose actions led directly to the abuse and exploitation of children thousands of miles away.

“This case should serve as a reminder to individuals who use the internet as a gateway to child abuse that they will face prosecution and be held to account for their crimes.”

Notes to editors

  • Whiddett (DOB: 14/09/1948) admitted:
    • Causing or inciting a girl under 16 to engage in sexual activity
    • Arranging or facilitating the commissioning of a child sex offence s.14
    • 3x making indecent photographs of a child
    • Attempting to cause or incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
  • Nikki Powell is a specialist rape prosecutor with the CPS London South Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit.

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