A Mexborough man who tried to bribe children with sweets in exchange for them exposing themselves is now serving a decade behind bars.
In November 2018, officers in Doncaster launched an investigation after five children reported being approached by a man, working in a sweetshop in the Rossington area at the time, who asked them to expose themselves in exchange for free sweets.
Paul Lewis, 33, was quickly identified as the man involved and brought into custody, as Investigating Officer Amy Fourlis explains.
“Following the arrest of Lewis, I worked through the night and into the following day to secure further interviews with the victims, statements from witnesses and searching Lewis’ home in Lower Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough, and seizing his electronic items.
“During the course of my enquiries, an indecent video was found on Lewis’ phone and during interview Lewis made an admission which led officers to believe that another child had been a victim.
“This child was identified and spoken to, with further charges put to Lewis.”
He was remanded into custody and charged with seven offences relating to six-children all between the ages of eight – 11. These were, three counts of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, causing/inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of an act of outraging public decency, possession to show/distribute an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
The offences dated from July – October 2018. At a pre-trial hearing on 5 December 2018, Lewis pleaded guilty to the offences.
He was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 9 January) for a total of ten-years.
Investigating Officer Fourlis continued: “Lewis abused a clear position of trust and the victims have shown courage in telling their parents what happened and being interviewed by police.
“Thanks to them, we were able to build a strong case against Lewis and identify further offences. I’m pleased that he has been handed a significant jail term and offers the community some reassurance.”
Anyone with concerns can call 101 or speak anonymously to Say Something, a national helpline for children and young people to report child sexual exploitation. You can call or text 116000 to speak to someone.
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