Ashleigh Cooper, aged 22 years of Kelstern, near Louth, was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday April 15 to four years imprisonment for a total of six charges, relating to inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity and pornography.
Following pleading guilty to the charges, he received a four year sentence for five of the charges, and a two and a half year sentence for the sixth charge, to be run concurrently.
The offences came to light following an unrelated investigation by South Wales Police in which a laptop belonging to a 12 year old girl was seized. The laptop was found to contain communication which was traced to Ashleigh Cooper, and a warrant was executed at his address in November 2012.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children. Following police investigations, particularly into his chat logs, he was further arrested in April 2013 for inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
During the police investigations into his activity, Cooper claimed that it was ‘his other personality’ who was responsible for his offences. However, Judge Heath commented that Cooper had tried to blame his other personality, but this was just something he raised because of the nature of his charges. He was in no doubt that it was him, Ashleigh Cooper, who was responsible for the offences.
DC Nicky Linn of Lincolnshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Team (iCAT) who led the investigation, said: “Ashleigh Cooper committed some appalling offences, and his victim may never be able to get over the experience of what he put her through.
“He tried to claim that he had another personality who was responsible for his behaviour, but fortunately the Judge gave no credence to this. It is clear that people who choose to engage in these sort of offences will brought to justice and be held fully accountable for their deeds”.