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Staffordshire Man Jailed For Child Sex Offences

Matthew Anthony
Matthew Anthony

A man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for multiple sexual offences.

Matthew Anthony, from Lincoln Meadows in Stafford, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday (Thurs 16 Feb).

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty last month (Jan) to 3x make indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and 8x cause a male 13 or over to engage in sexual activity.

Anthony, formerly of Ness Grove in Cheadle, was arrested by officers from Staffordshire Police's Operation Safenet team, who specialise in investigating online child abuse.

He was arrested in March 2016 and was charged following a detailed investigation which found eight victims were subjected to abuse between March 2010 and March 2016.

DI Simon Caton, senior investigating officer, said: "This sentence is to be welcomed and I hope it brings some comfort to the victims of these terrible crimes who are to be commended for their bravery in speaking out.

"Such criminal activity is simply unacceptable. We will not tolerate those who abuse children and young people and will endeavour to take positive action against those individuals.

"Operation Safenet was set up to protect children from online abuse and exploitation and we will continue to root out people in the community who choose to harm them in this way.

"We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure any children who may have had contact with this man are supported and kept safe."

Anyone who suspects such a crime has occurred, or is a victim, is encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 to report it. Help and support is available every step of the way.

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