A man from Scarborough has been jailed for three years after admitting a series of online child sex offences.
Christopher Croucher, aged 36, of North Marine Road, was sentenced at York Crown Court on Tuesday (4 August 2020).
He had previously pleaded guilty to 14 counts of causing/inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity; five counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child; and one count of attempting to meet a girl aged under 16 after grooming.
The offending occurred between April and July 2018. There were no actual victims in this case. Croucher had been interacting with adults who he thought were underage girls.
As well as imprisonment, Croucher was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Detective Sergeant Lee Allenby, of North Yorkshire Police’s Online Abuse & Exploitation Team, said: “This is an excellent outcome to the investigation and it is very satisfying that another high-risk offender has been sent to prison where he cannot cause harm.
“Even when he is released, he will have to abide by very stringent measures for the rest of his days.”
Reporting suspected crimes involving indecent images of children and sexual abuse
- Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response
- Child Exploitation Online Protection command (CEOP) – http://ceop.police.uk/
- Internet Watch Foundation – https://www.iwf.org.uk/
- Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email email@example.com or go to www.bridgehousesarc.org/
- You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100
- NSPCC Helplines: Help for adults concerned about a child – call 0808 800 5000; Help for children and young people – call Childline on 0800 1111; Go to https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/