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Man jailed for child sex offences

A man has been jailed for sexually exploiting two teenage boys.

Warren Wilde, aged 51 from Huddersfield Road, Meltham encouraged the victims, aged 13 and 15 to engage in sexual conversations and to send indecent images.

On four occasions Wilde met up with one of the victims and engaged in sexual activity before giving the boy money.

He was sentenced yesterday at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester after pleading guilty to offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, obtaining the sexual services of a child following payment and making and distributing indecent photographs of children.

The Judge sentenced him to six years imprisonment and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been imposed on Wilde indefinitely. He will also be required to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

Following his arrest, Wilde’s mobile phones were seized. He was found to be in possession of indecent images of children and there was evidence to show that he had distributed indecent images to other men.

Detective Constable Rochelle Evans, of the Phoenix Tameside CSE Team, said: “Child Sexual Exploitation takes place in many forms. In this case Wilde used social media to target his victims who were both under 16 years of age. He then proceeded to meet one of his victims in person in order to commit further crimes.

“I would like to thank both young people for having the courage to report these matters to the police, and I hope this result has provided them with some justice when coming to terms with what they have experienced because of the defendant’s actions.

“It is important that parents and carers take interest in the contact young people have with others online and via social media platforms, particularly those that may be targeted at an older audience and to recognise that all young people under the age of 18 are at risk, whether they are boys or girls.”