Scarborough man jailed for online child sex offences

A man from Scarborough has been jailed for three years after admitting to a series of online child sex offences.

Christopher Croucher, 36, was arrested after interacting with adults on the internet who he believed were underage girls.

He pleaded guilty to:

  • 14 counts of causing/inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity;

  • five counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child;

  • one count of attempting to meet a girl aged under 16 after grooming.

The offences took place between April and July 2018.

Croucher was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

This is an excellent outcome to the investigation and it is very satisfying that another high-risk offender has been sent to prison where he cannot cause harm. Even when he is released, he will have to abide by very stringent measures for the rest of his days.

Detective Sergeant Lee Allenby, of North Yorkshire Police’s Online Abuse & Exploitation Team