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Showing 1 - 10 of 93 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

Man who blackmailed children into sending him indecent images jailed

A man who pretended to be a teenage girl on social media to blackmail young boys into sending him nude images has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Sexual offences , CPS News

Child sexual abuse victims urged to contact panel

“I contacted the panel and got a response really quickly. It was such a relief to feel that someone was listening and taking my enquiry seriously.”

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Man pleads guilty to blackmailing children into sending him indecent images over social media

A man who blackmailed children into sending him indecent images of themselves over social media has been convicted. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Serious sexual offender who used false identities to blackmail women and children online has been convicted

A man who blackmailed women and children into engaging in degrading sexual acts for him has been convicted.

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Sexual offences , CPS News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Former primary school teacher jailed for child sexual abuse offences

A former deputy head teacher of a primary school has been jailed for child sexual abuse offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Junior doctor jailed for running a dark web site which shared indecent images of children

A NHS junior doctor who worked with elderly patients has today been jailed for his role in a dark web chat site dedicated to sharing indecent images of children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS authorises sexual offence charges against Michael Lockwood

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the Special Crime Division at the CPS, said: “After carefully considering all of the evidence provided to us by Humberside Police, we have authorised charges against Michael Lockwood, 64, for nine offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Final four defendants jailed for their part in the largest child sexual abuse prosecution in the West Midlands

Today (2 June 2023) four people have been jailed for their part in the the largest child sexual abuse investigation and prosecution in the West Midlands. Twenty-one people have now been convicted of serious sexual offending against children in the Walsall area.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Former police officer pleads guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 12 online

A former South Wales police officer has pleaded guilty to more than 100 charges of inciting children to engage in sexual activity and forcing victims as young as 12 to make indecent images online.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Former government minister jailed for making and distributing indecent images of children

An ex-Government minister and former MP has been jailed for making and distributing indecent images of children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

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