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A man who incited a child to engage in sexual activity has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Matthew Finch, formerly of Kirton, pleaded guilty to five offences, several involving the same individual, when he appeared before court officials earlier this year.
The 57-year-old was sentenced for his crimes at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday, 4 December, receiving a 42-month jail term.
He was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
The result follows a lengthy investigation by Lincolnshire Police, with officers working alongside partners across the country to bring Finch to justice.
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “This case shows the vulnerability of children to predatory sexual behaviour online – but we won’t tolerate this in Lincolnshire.
“Finch is a dangerous offender and the offences, including those against a child under 13 years of age, are despicable.
“This case also demonstrates excellent teamwork between Lincolnshire Police POLIT staff and colleagues and partners both nationally and internationally.”
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Detective Inspector Leonard from NEROCU, said: “Finch is a dangerous predator and thanks to an excellent police operation he is facing the consequences of his vile actions.
“This case shows our dedicated and specialist team works tirelessly with partners across the country to bring offenders to justice.
“We would always encourage anyone with information about this type of offending, or anyone who thinks they have been a victim to come forward and talk to police – you will be supported.”
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