Man jailed for using sweets to bribe children to expose themselves in his DoncasterÂ shop
A man who used sweets to try to bribe children to expose themselves in his shop in Doncaster has been jailed.
Paul Lewis, aged 33, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars after five children contacted South Yorkshire Police in November last year and reported being approached by a man working in aÂ sweet shop in Rossington, who asked them to expose themselves in return for free sweets.
CRIME: Police probe into jewellery shop ram raidÂ in SheffieldÂ continuesÂ Lewis, of Lower Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough,Â wasÂ identified as the culprit and quizzed.
WhenÂ he was questioned about an indecent video found onÂ hisÂ phone he made an admission which led officers to suspect that there may have been another victim.
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The child was traced and corroborated what the other children had said.
Investigating officer Amy Fourlis said: 'Following the arrest of Lewis, I worked through the night and into the following day to secure further interviews with the victims, statements from witnesses, searchingÂ Lewis' home in Lower Dolcliffe Road, MexboroughÂ and seizingÂ his electronic items.Â '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.Â 'This child was identified and spoken to, with further charges put to Lewis.' He pleaded guilty to seven offences involving six childrenÂ aged betweenÂ eight andÂ 11 years old between July and October last year.
He admittedÂ three counts of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of an act of outraging public decency, possession to show or distribute an indecent photograph of a child and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.Â Investigating Officer Fourlis 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.Â '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.' Â