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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbria man guilty of sexual activity with a child jailed for 12 years

A Cumbria man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sex offences including sexual activity with a child

EM Joseph Moody Whitehaven

Joseph Moody, 58, of Scotch Street, Whitehaven, was found guilty of sexual offences was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Moody pleaded not guilty on February 6 at crown court before his trial which started on April 22.

He was found guilty of one count of sexual assault, seven counts of sexual activity with a child, 21 counts of downloading indecent images, and one count of possessing extreme pornographic image.

The judge has also issued an indefinite Sex Offender Prevention Order.

DS Hayley Wilkinson, the investigating officer, said: “Moody used his position of trust to enable him to abuse his victim.

“The courage the victim has shown was a credit to them and their strength.

“We encourage everyone to report any signs of abuse and unusual behaviour. All victims will receive dedicated support to help them through what is a very difficult time in order to stop the abuse and help them to rebuild their lives.

“We work with partner agencies and support groups to help those in need.”

Anyone who wishes to speak to a trained officer about abuse can contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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