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Sexual Offences Involving Cyber Crime or Child Sexual Exploitation

Question

1. How many of reported cases of sexual offences involving the internet and grooming were reported in the last five years. Could I please have a year by year breakdown.

2. The age of the oldest person arrested on suspicion of sexual offences involving the internet and grooming

2a. What they were arrested for and on what date

2b. Were they charged

3. The age of the youngest person arrested on suspicion of sexual offences involving the internet and grooming

3a. What they were arrested for and on what date

3b. were they charged

4. How many people were charged with sexual offences involving the internet and grooming. Could I have this as a year by year breakdown.

Answer

Please see the table below for our response to questions 1 & 4. In order to extract this information we have searched our crime recording system for sexual offences where the crime has been tagged by us as ‘cyber-crime’ or ‘CSE’ (Child Sexual Exploitation). However, without going through each individual crime MO or investigation enquiry it cannot be confirmed that all of these offences involved the internet and grooming. The cost for compliance would be exceeded should be manually review each crime MO/enquiry.

In addition, the information provided relies on the correct flags being assigned. The accuracy of this may be affected prior to 2015 due to different crime recording systems and inconsistencies in the use of flags.

Reported Sexual offences with either a cyber-crime tag or a CSE tag

 

 

 

 

 

year

count occurrence

 

year

offenders charged

2012

14

 

2012

5

2013

109

 

2013

35

2014

185

 

2014

53

2015

294

 

2015

33

2016

235

 

2016

12

2017

6

 

2017

Q2: The age of the oldest person arrested was 64 and the offence was ‘grooming a child for sexual activity.’ There was no charge.

Q3: The age of the youngest person arrested was 16 years and the offence was ‘cause a female to engage in a sexual activity without consent.’ There was no charge.

The dates of the individual arrests in Q2 & Q3 have not been provided. The exemption applicable to the information is Section 40 (2), third party personal information, this is an Absolute exemption. Any information to which a request relates is exempt if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject and if disclosure of that information to a member of the public would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act. In this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes. Collectively the age of the individual arrested, the offence, the specific date of arrest, and the outcome of this arrest would allow individuals to be identified.

FOI reference: 071/17.

Date of request: 16.01.17.