Two men sentenced for sexual offences against children

    Following a joint investigation involving Thames Valley Police, West Yorkshire police and Lancashire police two men have been sentenced for sexual offences against children.

    At Leeds Crown Court on Monday 17 October, Graham Dartnell (left), aged 58, of Dunvedin Place, Hodge Lea, Milton Keynes, was sentenced to a total of seven years’ imprisonment.

    He pleaded not guilty at the same hearing to one count of conspiracy to make indecent images, three counts of sexual assault of a female child under 13, one count of cause / incite a female child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

    The offences took place between 1 January 2014 and 30 December 2015 in Belle Isle, Leeds.

    Dartnell was arrested on 30 December 2015 and then again on 25 April 2016 and charged on 18 July 2016.

    At Leeds Crown Court on 17 October 2016 Paul Bailey (right) aged 41, of Alconbury Crescent, Thornton Cleveleys, was sentenced to a total of two years and six months’ imprisonment.

    He pleaded guilty at the same hearing to one count of conspiracy to commit a sexual act with a child and one count of possession/distribution of indecent images.  

    The offences took place between 1 April 2014 and 30 December 2015.

    Bailey was arrested on 30 December 2015 charged on 17 October 2016.

    Investigating officer, Det Con Katrina Walmsley of Local CID based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “This was a joint investigation between Thames Valley, West Yorkshire and Lancashire police which has resulted in two young children being safeguarded as a result of the tireless efforts of all officers involved. Special thanks to Det Con Gemma Hemsley of West Yorkshire police for the determination she has shown in helping secure convictions against those involved in this investigation.”

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