‘Vile’ paedo convicted of more than 50 child sex offences jailed for two years

A paedophile who admitted guilt of over 50 child sex offences has been jailed for only 2 years and 6 months.

Stuart Eyles, from Manchester, appeared for sentencing at Minshull Street Crown Court on April 1 for sentencing after pleading guilty to a string of sickening acts.

Eyles was changed with one count of sexual communication with a child, five counts of attempted sexual communication with a child, one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

The predator also pleaded guilty to 21 counts of making indecent images of a child and 30 counts of distributing indecent images of a child.

The court heard how this case was reported to Greater Manchester Police by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit back in 2018 after Eyles instigated a conversation with one of their undercover operatives believing he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl.

The undercover operative informed Eyles that the profile was that of a 14-year-old child and offered to end the chat by Eyles began asking for indecent images to be sent.

In March 2019, a warrant was carried out at Eyles' home address where a number of his devices were seized, including a laptop, a camera, a mobile phone and a USB stick.

Detectives discovered numerous indecent images of children on the devices as well as sexual communication with a child, where Eyles had sent indecent images of himself to a 14-year-girl and tried to groom her into sexual activity.

Eyles was subsequently further arrested and charged.

But despite being described as a "danger to children" by the police's Sexual Crime Unit the paedo was only given 2 years and 6 months in jail, and 10 years on the sex offenders register.

However, officers say they hope the sentencing is a reminder that these offenders will be "brought to justice."

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Detective Inspector Suzanne Keenaghan said: "Eyles is a danger to children and uses social media to prey on his victims with the perverted intention of coercing underage girls to send him indecent images for his own sexual gratification.

"The victims are being supported by our policing partners in their respective force areas. I want to thank the team for the hours spent meticulously gathering evidence to ensure this paedophile faces the consequences of his vile actions.

"The nature of these offences must not be underestimated. Child sex offences can have a damaging impact on the victims, creating trauma that they have to then carry with them for the rest of their lives.

"Hopefully this result today serves as a stark reminder that GMP is committed to investigating all claims of child sex offences and will ensure that those engaging in this abhorrent behaviour are brought to justice."

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