Mexborough man jailed after offering kids sweets to expose themselves

By Gareth Dennison | 10/01/2019

Mexborough man jailed after offering kids sweets to expose themselves
Paul Lewis

A SWEET shop worker who tried to bribe children with freebies to get them to expose themselves has been jailed.

Paul Lewis (33) was sentenced to ten years after he admitted seven offences against youngsters aged between eight and 11.

Police in Doncaster began investigating in November after five children reported being approached by a man who asked them to expose themselves for free sweets.

Investigating officer Amy Fourlis said: “Following the arrest, I worked through the night to secure further interviews with victims, statements from witnesses, searching Lewis’ home , and seizing his electronic items.

“During the course of my enquiries, an indecent video was found on Lewis’ phone and during interview Lewis made an admission which led officers to believe that another child had been a victim.

“This child was identified and spoken to, with further charges put to Lewis.”

She added: “Lewis abused a clear position of trust and the victims have shown courage in telling their parents what happened and being interviewed by police. 

“Thanks to them, we were able to build a strong case against Lewis and identify further offences.

“I’m pleased that he has been handed a significant jail term and offers the community some reassurance.”

Lewis, of Lower Dolcliffe Road in Mexborough, admitted inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity, outraging public decency, possession with intent to distribute an indecent photograph of a child, breaching a sexual harm prevention order and three counts of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

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