Tonbridge ex-inspector jailed after travelling 50 miles to meet child
by Andy Tong | 13th March 2019
A FORMER police inspector who lives in Tonbridge has been sent to prison for three years and six months after a arranging to meet a child with the intention of committing sexual offences.
Glenn Jones, of Tutsham Way, was an inspector at Thames Valley Police. On top of his sentence, he was given a further three years on licence at Guildford Crown Court.
Jones travelled to a location in West Sussex to abuse a young child on September 25 last year.
He made the 50-mile journey from his home to a shopping centre in Shoreham, where he was met by officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit [SEROCU] upon his arrival and arrested.
The police investigation found that, between August 6 and September 26, Jones had spent significant time arranging the meeting.
The 56-year-old was already a registered sex offender who previously served a sentence for making indecent images of children,.
Despite insisting he never intended to carry out any abuse and was just ‘curious’, a jury unanimously found Jones guilty of the commission of an offence of sexual activity with a child, contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Detective Inspector Emily Evans, who led the investigation, said: “Jones had travelled a significant distance from his home in Kent with the full intention of meeting a child to abuse them.
“It is clear that he has not learned from his previous conviction, and I am therefore pleased that he has been handed a custodial sentence reflective of his abhorrent intentions.”
She added: “Child abuse is one of the most repugnant crimes we deal with, and I’d like to reassure everyone that reports of this nature will always be investigated fully and sensitively, regardless of the current or past profession of the parties involved.”