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.
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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