Birmingham man jailed for child sex offences
A Birmingham man has today (Monday 22 February) been jailed for two years and eight months following a series of child sexual offences.
Darryl Moffatt pleaded guilty to seven offences on Monday 21 December.
Moffatt was previously employed as a school partnership engagement officer for The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), a role which was being transitioned to sit within the Violence Reduction Unit.
After his arrest in June, he was immediately suspended from his role and his contract was not renewed.
Moffatt pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of a child, one count of distributing an indecent image of a child, two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and one count of attempting to cause or incite a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.
A thorough investigation was carried out where phones and other items were examined. We discovered Moffatt had downloaded various material from social media and the internet and had been involved in a series of messages, online chats and meetings with boys as young as 14.
The 30-year-old from Short Heath Road, Erdington, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Birmingham Crown court today. He will also be subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years and will be placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Batey, from our public protection unit said: “Moffatt’s actions were deplorable. He has abused his position of trust and should have understood the impact his actions will have had on those involved.
“All secondary schools that Moffatt was in contact with as part of his role have been kept fully updated throughout our investigation as we recognise the difficulties and concerns that this may have caused.
“This behaviour is not acceptable, we’re committed to finding those perpetrating such crimes against children, and seeking justice.
“I’d urge anyone who has suffered from this type of abuse to come forward and report what has happened. We have specialist officers available to support you."
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