A Sunderland man has been sentenced after making indecent images of children – and attempting to engage one of them in a sexual act.
Darran Faith, 43, was quizzed in January 2021 after engaging in sexual communications with a child online, but was not aware he was actually speaking to an undercover officer from the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU).
On Wednesday, he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. Faith was also ordered to 35 days rehabilitation, 10 years sex offender notification requirement and 10 year sexual harm prevention order.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Rob Smoult, from the Northumbria Police Cyber Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), talked of the commitment to safeguarding victims.
She said: “When sex offenders operate online and through social media they think they can hide their crimes but this case shows the lengths officers will go to protect victims and bring offenders before the courts.”
Anyone with concerns about someone online, should report it to police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on the force website.