Walton man jailed for child sex offences
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Detectives, working alongside the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) are welcoming the sentencing of a Walton man to five years and six months in prison for child sex offences following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
45-year-old Marc Stokes-Denson of Walton, Liverpool was found guilty of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and attempted sexual communication with a child. He was sentenced today, Friday 9 July. Stokes-Denson was also placed on the Sex Offender Register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, also for life.
On Sunday 20 September 2019, officers from Merseyside Police Online Child Abuse Investigation Team attended an address to carry out a search warrant following information received that Stokes-Denson was engaged in online chat with a person purporting to be the mother of two children, a boy aged 11 and a girl aged 12.
During the course of the conversation, Stokes-Denson made arrangements with the person to meet in order for him to engage in sexual activity with one of the children. No meeting took place, as Stokes-Denson was in fact in conversation with undercover officers. He was arrested and later interviewed, denying the offence. A jury found him guilty at trial.
Speaking after the case, Detective Chief Inspector Bev Hyland said: “We’re pleased to see Stokes-Denson dealt with at court today after his plans to abuse a child. Unbeknownst to him, Stokes-Denson was speaking to an undercover officer, and he was swiftly arrested.
“We are absolutely committed to protecting children, from those who seek to cause them harm. Our Merseyside Police Online Child Abuse Investigation Team works tirelessly and will use all available powers to identify offenders who pose a risk towards children and bring them to justice.
“Anyone that has been a victim of a sexual offence, is concerned for the safety of someone they know or suspects someone to be engaging in this criminal activity, should come forward and speak to us. We have a team of dedicated staff who will expertly and compassionately deal with your reports and we will do everything we can continue to bring offenders to justice.”
Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.