Sheffield man jailed for child sexual exploitation

Liam DevereA 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 32-months in prison after admitting sending sexually inappropriate messages to a Sheffield teenager.

Liam Lyndon Devere, formerly of Greystones Road, Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 28 December where he was sentenced after pleading guilty to causing/inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15-years-old to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard how Devere sent his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sexually explicit communication in a bid to commit sexual offences against her.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Mark Spencer said: “This investigation was particularly complex, as we pursued a prosecution against Devere without statements from the victim.

“Child abuse is a horrific crime that can have a devastating impact upon its victims and in some instances, victims are unable to engage with a criminal investigation as their experiences have been too traumatic and emotionally distressing.

“This does not deter us from prosecuting individuals that commit this awful crime however, and the evidence on Devere’s digital devices was strong enough to secure this conviction. As a result, he is now behind bars where he can cause no further harm.

“I truly hope that this successful conviction offers some comfort to his victim and that she is able to begin her journey towards recovery.”