A SEX offender has been jailed for seven years following a string of offences carried out in Worcester.

Christopher Leydon, aged 28, of Hardwicke Place, London Colney, St Albans, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, October 6, was found guilty of rape of a boy under the age of 13, sexual assault of a boy under the age of 13, inciting a child to engage in sexual in sexual activity and four counts of possessing indecent photos of children.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges, which related to historic offences. 

An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was made which restricts his contact with children and his use of devices capable of accessing the internet. Leydon, who describes himself on his website as freelance video producer and technology commentator, was also placed on the sex offender register for life.

He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140 and a forfeiture and destruction order was made on the computer.

Detective Inspector Mark Walters said: "The decision of the court and the sentence given reflects the gravity of the offences committed. I would like to thank the victims of the offences for their bravery in coming forward which has enabled the offender to be brought to justice.

"I hope this case gives a clear warning to offenders that West Mercia Police will fully investigate all allegations of sexual abuse irrespective of when they took place and are committed to bringing those responsible to justice."

Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence is encouraged to report the incident to police. Specially trained officers will support victims through the investigation.

Alternatively, victims can contact The Glade, a sexual assault referral centre, which offers a free service, independent of the police, to anyone who may have experienced rape or sexual assault in Shropshire, Telford, Herefordshire or Worcestershire by calling the 24-hour self-referral number on 0808 178 2058 or visiting their website: theglade.org.uk.