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A man who tricked children across the world into sending him nude selfies then blackmailed them into sexually abusing young relatives on camera has had four years added to his jail sentence. Paul Leighton, 32, from Malvern Crescent, Seaham, County Durham, watched by video link from prison as three judges…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has raised said it is extremely concerned about recent media articles that name social workers in their reporting of high-profile cases, which include tragic instances of child death. BASW say least two national newspapers list the names of social workers involved in one…
A former Crown Office boss is to lead a task force set up to prevent sexual crime involving young people. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Catherine Dyer would bring a "wealth of experience" as he announced the appointment to MSPs at Holyrood. The expert group was created in response to…
Babies and toddlers are suffering the worst forms of child sex abuse online, leading campaigners have warned. New statistics show that over the past three years, thousands of webpages showing abuse of children aged zero to two were more likely to feature category A images - involving penetrative sexual activity,…
The number of sexual cyber crimes recorded by police has soared over the past three years, according to new research. The Scottish Government has announced an expert group to tackle sexual crime as new analysis by statisticians revealed the scale of the problem. Sexual crimes in the category that includes…
A man who threatened to put intimate footage of a former partner online has become the first person to be convicted in Scotland under new tougher legislation. Kenneth Robinson, 59, was banned from approaching or contacting his victim for three years after pleading guilty to sending her numerous emails and…
An online blackmailer whose Northern Irish teenage victim later took his own life has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ronan Hughes, 17, from Co Tyrone, died in June 2015 after he was targeted by Romanian Iulian Enache, 31. Enache will be released in October 2019 after he was…
Nearly half of girls aged 11 to 18 have suffered harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey. The poll found close to three-in-four (73%) have had to take action to avoid criticism online, such as blocking other users or staying off sites altogether. Tanya Barron, chief executive…
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