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North Cumbria man convicted of online child sex crimes

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] NORTH Cumbria man has been convicted by a jury of making sexual online requests to two 12-year-old girls.

Cameron Mark Longstaff, 20, went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court having pleaded not guilty to a total of eight charges.

Longstaff had denied intentionally inciting the two girls to engage in sexual activity by requesting that they take intimate photographs of themselves.

He had further denied making hundreds of indecent still and moving photographs of children – 40 of which were classed in category A, the most serious; along with possessing a total of 488 still and 11 moving illegal photographs; and two counts of distributing indecent photographs of children.

But having heard all evidence in the case, a jury found Longstaff guilty of all eight charges on majority verdicts. Each of the crimes was committed during 2014 when he was aged 16 or 17.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case until February 2. Longstaff, of Hurley Road, Little Corby, near Carlisle, is due to be sentenced on that date and was granted bail in the meantime.

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