September 2019

Worcestershire man sentenced for online child sex offences

Following an investigation by West Mercia Police, a man from Malvern, Worcestershire has been sentenced to 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sexual offences committed online.

Robert Evans, aged 33, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday 26 September.

Evans was arrested in March 2019 by West Mercia Police’s Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team as part of ‘Operation Safenet’.

Forensic examination of digital devices recovered from Evans identified that he had been using false social media accounts to target and befriend children.

Evans incited children into sexual communications and online sexual activity which he recorded.

Evans was also found to be in possession of indecent images of children including some in the most severe category.

Evans was charged with:

  • •Three counts of making indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child

    •Three counts of distributing an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child

    •One count of engaging in sexual communication with a child

    •Four counts of attempting to cause/incite a child to engage in sexual activity

    •One count for causing/inciting a child U13 to engage in sexual activity

    •One count for causing a child to watch a sexual act

He has also been registered as a sex offender and given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.