March 2021

Lincoln man jailed after grooming young boys online

A 26-year-old already convicted paedophile from Lincoln who initiated sexual contact with two young boys he met playing video games online has been jailed for over four years.

Darren Sanby, 26, of Cannon Street in Lincoln faced charges relating to communicating with two young boys, aged 11 and 13, at Lincoln Crown Court on March 11.

He was arrested back in July 2020 after talking in a sexual manner with the 11-year-old boy, and admitted to doing the same with a 13-year-old boy during a police interview.

Sanby told officers that he had initiated contact with the two boys through online gaming.

He has been remanded in custody since his arrest last year, and was later charged with engaging in sexual communication with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images of a child.

Sanby also breached a sexual harm prevention order on two separate occasions, and now remains subject to an indefinite order.

He has been jailed for a total of four years and four months.

In 2016, Sanby, (then aged 21), was jailed for 40 months after he hid behind a female profile on Facebook and befriended adolescent boys

He sent the boys who thought they were corresponding with the girl, sexually explicit videos and images to encourage them to send back naked pictures of themselves.

He was also found to have 5,640 indecent images of children and he distributed 40 of them to other perverts online

June 2016

Pervert posed as girl to lure teenage boys on Facebook

Children as young as 11 have been targeted on Facebook by a paedophile who pretended to be a girl.

Darren Sanby, 21, hid behind a female profile on the social networking site and befriended adolescent boys at a Lincoln school.

The pervert sent the lads, who thought they were corresponding with the girl, sexually explicit videos and images to encourage them to send back naked pictures of themselves.

Sanby, of St Peter’s Avenue, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to 17 charges at Lincoln Crown Court, including making a child look at images of sexual activity, inciting sexual exploitation and making and distributing indecent photographs.

He was also found to have 5,640 indecent images of children and he distributed 40 of them to other perverts online

Sanby denied two further charges of inciting the sexual exploitation of a child and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Before his arrest, police wrote to parents at the Priory Witham Academy asking them to check their children’s Facebook accounts and to contact Lincolnshire Police if they had been befriended by Sanby or another profile in the name of Katie Johnstion, which he used to trick youngsters.

They refused to reveal the exact nature of the contact at the time, but described it as “inappropriate”.

Parents are now being warned to be vigilant about their children’s Facebook use.

Sanby was sentenced to 40 months and the judge placed him on the sex offenders register for life and imposed a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.