Former police inspector from Kent jailed after travelling to meet child for sex

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2019 - 04:55 PM


A former police inspector from Kent has been jailed on 12 March, after a arranging to meet a child with the intention of committing sexual offences.

Glenn Jones, 56, from Tonbridge, formerly an inspector at Thames Valley Police, was sentenced to three years’ and six months imprisonment with a further three years on licence at Guildford Crown Court, after travelling to Sussex to abuse a young child on 25 September 2018.

He had undertaken a 50-mile journey from his home to a shopping centre in Shoreham, but was met by officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) upon his arrival and subsequently arrested.

The police investigation found that, between 6 August 2018 and 26 September 2018, Jones, a registered sex offender who has already served a sentence for making indecent images of children, had spent significant time arranging the meeting.

Despite stating he never intended to undertake any abuse and was just ‘curious’, a jury unanimously found Jones guilty of the commission of an offence of sexual activity with a child, contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Detective Inspector Emily Evans, who led the investigation, said: “Jones had travelled a significant distance from his home in Kent with the full intention of meeting a child to abuse them.

“It is clear that he has not learned from his previous conviction, and I am therefore pleased that he has been handed a custodial sentence reflective of his abhorrent intentions.

“Child abuse is one of the most repugnant crimes we deal with, and I’d like to reassure everyone that reports of this nature will always be investigated fully and sensitively, regardless of the current or past profession of the parties involved.”

To report crime, call 101 or visit the local police force’s website. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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