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Halstead man sentenced to four years in jail after being caught in child sexual offences sting operation




A 48-year-old man has been sent to prison for four years, after admitting a series of child sex offences.

Dean Carey, of Clovers, Halstead, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges including causing a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual communications with a child, attempting sexual communications with a child, facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, breaching a pre-existing sexual harm prevention order, and three counts of making indecent images of children.

His conviction relates to incidents in 2017, when he exchanged explicit messages on social media with a 13-year-old boy, and in 2019, when he began speaking to somebody he believed to be a 14-year-old boy, whom he later arranged to meet in Pitsea, Essex, in September.

Dean Carey, 48, of Clovers, Halstead, was sentenced to four years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges including causing a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual communications with a child, attempted sexual communications with a child, facilitating the commission of a child sex offences, breaching a pre-existing sexual harm prevention order, and three counts of making indecent images of children. Picture supplied by Essex Police. (33634616)
Dean Carey, 48, of Clovers, Halstead, was sentenced to four years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges including causing a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual communications with a child, attempted sexual communications with a child, facilitating the commission of a child sex offences, breaching a pre-existing sexual harm prevention order, and three counts of making indecent images of children. Picture supplied by Essex Police. (33634616)

In addition to his four-year sentence, Carey was also given a further six years on licence for causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and he was handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Detective Constable Gemma White, the investigating officer on the case, said: “Carey is a dangerous individual who poses a real risk to children.

“Thanks to the work of numerous teams across the force, including the police online investigation team and Braintree CID, we were able to get a great result.

“He will spend a significant amount of time behind bars and will still serve strict conditions when released on license.”


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