Christopher Manley of Coleford Bridge Road appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (Tuesday, 2 September) after pleading guilty at a previous hearing at the same court (31 July) to 22 offences between May 2013 and May 2015.
• Five counts of attempting to cause or incite children in the United States to engage in sexual activity on camera
• Fifteen counts of making indecent images of a child
• Two counts of distribution of indecent images of children
“A long and complex investigation followed from which the true depths of the depravity of his sexual offending emerged. During the course of our investigation, we were advised that Manley had created five user accounts on Twitter from which to access and upload indecent images of children which were distributed via the social media channel.
“He was further arrested and a search of Manley’s home recovered a number of items, including three phones hidden in a fake book on a shelf, one of which was found to contain indecent images of children.”
DC Curley continued: “The extent of his offending was revealed when all the seized computers, laptops, notebooks and mobile phones were forensically examined, confirming that Manley had incited youngsters to engage in sexual activities via a web cam, casting his net abroad to encourage children to satisfy his voracious sexual appetite.
“We then worked with the US Embassy and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify the victims involved.”
DC Curley added: “Surrey Police is committed to identifying anyone who plays an active part in the exploitation of children and will work tirelessly with agencies across the globe to bring offenders to justice.”
Mark J. Zivilik of the US Department of ICE, Homeland Security (HIS) in London said:
“Protecting children from exploitation is one of the most important missions we have and as this case demonstrates, it takes the collaboration of law enforcement agencies around the world to tackle this crime. HIS is committed to working with partners like Surrey Police to arrest individuals who commit such heinous acts and ensure that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”