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South Cumbria man facing “significant” jail term for historical child sex crimes

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] SOUTH Cumbria man has heard he faces a “significant” prison sentence for committing a string of sex crimes against a teenage girl.

Steven Andrew Airey, 50, pleaded guilty to four historical offences when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES).

Airey admitted two indecent assaults on the girl, along with charges of indecency with a child and sexual activity with a child. He had previously denied the four crimes.

At an earlier court hearing, Airey had also admitted making more than 1,610 indecent photographs of a child – 564 of which were classed in category A, the most serious; and further admitted charges of distributing illegal images between April and August last year.

Recorder Julie Clemitson adjourned the case and asked for updated information about Airey to be prepared by the probation service.

He is due to be sentenced on July 31 at the crown court, and will remain in custody until then.

Recorder Clemitson told Airey, of Hall Road, Burneside, near Kendal: “Clearly you must ready yourself for a significant custodial sentence.”

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