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Paedophile Theo Black, who had sexual images of eight-year-old children, is jailed after abusing 14-year-old

PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 29 June 2017

Theo Black

Theo Black

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He was sentenced on Wednesday, June 28

Police fear a paedophile who abused a 14-year-old boy while living in Beckenham may have attacked others.

Theo Black, 26, of Hart Street in Maidstone, was sentenced to four years and six months’ in prison on Wednesday at Croydon Crown Court for engaging in sexual activity with a child and possession of indecent images.

Black met his victim via a social networking app in September 2014, and agreed to meet him at a south east London train station.

When the boy arrived, Black, who was then 23-years-old, took him back to his home address.

The victim told Black he was 14, but the paedophile went on to initiate and engage in sexual activity.

He was arrested in February 2015, when officers discovered he had indecent images and film clips of children as young as eight engaging in sexual activity.

Black was charged on October 4 with sexual activity with a child under 16 and possession of indecent images of children.

He pleaded guilty to possessing the images, and was found guilty of the first offence at a Croydon Crown Court trial on April 23.

Investigating officer DC Tracey Blair of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command said: “It has been shown that Theo Black has an unhealthy, sexual interest in children.

“In spite of the evidence against him, Black pleaded not guilty to the sexual activity, forcing the young victim in this case to give evidence at trial.

“I would like to acknowledge the bravery of the victim and witnesses in this case for coming forward to give evidence against this predator.

“I hope that the sentence handed down brings a measure of closure for everyone affected by this incident and that it encourages any other young people who have been the victim of a sexual offence to tell someone you trust or inform police.”

Det insp Laura Hillier of SOECA added: “Black may have abused more victims who have not yet come forward. I would urge anyone who has been a victim to contact police calling 101 or if you want to talk in confidence please call ChildLine on 0800 1111.”

An NSPCC spokesperson added: “Government must urgently bring in measures which compel tech companies to provide safe accounts, groomer alerts and specially-trained child safety moderators to protect our children. And more must be done to prevent the proliferation of abuse images on the internet.”

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