Colne ‘sexual predator’ jailed

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A “sexual predator” from Colne has been locked up for three years.

Adam James Thomas (32), of Keighley Road, was handed the sentence for possessing a quantity of indecent images of children, distributing indecent images of children, and attempting to incite a nine-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

The defendant was arrested in January after police were alerted by an anonymous call to Crimestoppers.

Preston Crown Court heard detectives from Lancashire Constabulary’s Pennine CID seized several items from his parents’ address, which were later found to contain a number of indecent still images, a video of sexual activity between a young girl and an animal, along with chat logs between Thomas and a number of other women. The girl in one of the chat logs identified herself as a nine-year-old girl.

Detectives also identified a number of images and videos from those recovered that had been distributed to a number of girls he would chat to, including the nine-year-old girl.

When interviewed, Thomas initially denied possession of anything indecent or sexual regarding children, but he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 16 months for attempting to incite a nine-year-old girl in sexual activity and 20 months in relation to the possession and distribution of the indecent images and video.

Speaking after the sentence DS Charlie Haynes, who led the investigation, said: “Thomas’ arrest and subsequent conviction follows the continued proactive targeting of sexual predators by Lancashire Constabulary. The possession and distribution of these images were clearly for his personal sexual gratification.

“The images and videos recovered include some of the worst I have ever seen.

“They include images of the most serious child pornography scale and it is reassuring that his behaviour has been addressed appropriately by the court today.”

A destruction order for the seized equipment was also issued, and the defendant must adhere to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Thomas was also banned from having any unsupervised contact with children under 16.