Bedfordshire man jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing children

Duncan Hogben Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who sexually abused and shared indecent images of children has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

43-year-old Duncan Hogben, of Cranfield, was convicted of 11 counts relating to the sexual abuse of children and charges associated with taking, distributing and making indecent photographs of children.

After being convicted on 29 June, Hogben was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to a total of 18 years behind bars.

“Hogben’s dark secret transcended the cyber world into reality, involving the direct abuse of children. His online offending contributed to the worldwide cycle of child abuse, which is the scourge of our society.

“I would like to pay tribute to the brave testimony of the victims and witnesses in this case, as without their support we would not have achieved the result we have today. I am pleased that the courts recognised the severity of his sickening activities and passed a long sentence – though in my eyes no jail term will be long enough for Hogben to accept what he’s done and truly pay for the lives he has ruined.”

– Detective Constable Paul Fitzharris from the Cyber Hub’s Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team (ICAIT)