Pinxton man jailed for child sex offences

Stefan Godfrey outside Derby Crown Court
Stefan Godfrey outside Derby Crown Court

A MAN from Pinxton has been jailed for six years after being foung guilty of paying for sex with a child.

Stefan Godfrey was one of ten men who formed part of the same police investigation into the grooming of ‘young and vulnerable’ girls for sex.

The 44-year-old, of George Street, was found guilty of two counts of paying for the sexual services of a child and sentenced at Derby Crown Court this week.

He is also banned from working with children for life and must sign the sex offenders register.

Five of the men were found guilty following a four-week trial, three men had previously admitted the crimes. Two were sentecned last year.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Kern, began in July 2010 when officers became concerned for the safety of teenage girls seen on Derby streets in the evenings.

Officers began gathering information about the girls and liaising with Derby City Council as some of the youngsters were in care.

A 15-year-old came forward and told police five men had been paying her for sex and one had taken indecent pictures of her.

Officers identified 15 girls, seven took part in the prosecution. Five girls were victims, the other two were witnesses.

A total 14 men were arrested as part of the investigation.

Detective Superintendent Andy Stokes, head of public protection, said: “I’m pleased with the sentences. The victims have seen justice done.”

“These girls were young and vulnerable and were exploited by men who groomed them and bought them presents to keep them on side.

“They showed tremendous bravery in coming forward and speaking to police and by providing vital evidence to ensure these convictions.”

“All agencies need to work together to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.”

Other defendants

Mark Adaoui (40), of Carlton Road, Derby, was found guilty of twocounts of paying for the sexual services of a child and one count of supplying cannabis.

Ijaz Ahmed (35), of Becher Street, Derby, was found guilty of three counts of paying for the sexual services of a child.

John Shaw (55), of Kniveton, was charged with two counts of paying for the sexual services of a child. He was found guilty of both offences. He was found not guilty of assault.

Anthony Lambert (51), of Warren Street, Derby, was charged with two counts of paying for the sexual services of a child. He was found guilty of both offences.

Ian Yeoman (60) from Moseley Street, Birmingham, formerly of Mortimer Street, Derby, admitted 12 counts including paying for the sexual services of a child, sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images.

Colin Simpson (55) from Old School Lane, Creswell, pleaded guilty to six counts of paying for the sexual services of a child.

David Shardlow (56) from Charlbury Close, Derby, admitted to nine counts of paying for the sexual services of a child and possessing indecent images of children.