Former police inspector jailed for travelling to meet child for sex

A former police inspector from Kent has been jailed today (12/3), after a arranging to meet a child with the intention of committing sexual offences.

Glenn Jones, 56, of Tutsham Way, Tonbridge, formerly an inspector at Thames Valley Police, was sentenced to three years’ and six months imprisonment with a further three years on licence at Guildford Crown Court, after travelling to Sussex to abuse a young child on 25 September 2018.

He had undertaken a 50-mile journey from his home to a shopping centre in Shoreham, but was greeted by officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) upon his arrival and subsequently arrested.

The police investigation found that, between 6 August 2018 and 26 September 2018, Jones, a registered sex offender who has already served a sentence for making indecent images of children, had spent significant time arranging the meeting.

Despite stating he never intended to undertake any abuse and was just ‘curious’, a jury unanimously found Jones guilty of the commission of an offence of sexual activity with a child, contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Jones had travelled a significant distance from his home in Kent with the full intention of meeting a child to abuse them.

It is clear that he has not learned from his previous conviction, and I am therefore pleased that he has been handed a custodial sentence reflective of his abhorrent intentions.

Child abuse is one of the most repugnant crimes we deal with, and I’d like to reassure everyone that reports of this nature will always be investigated fully and sensitively, regardless of the current or past profession of the parties involved.

Detective Inspector Emily Evans, who led the investigation

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Note to editors

  • Jones was found guilty on 13 February following a trial at Guildford Crown Court.
  • Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children in November 2015, for which he was made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.