A 'dangerous and predatory' sex offender from Aylesbury has been jailed for more than five years.

Joshua Dealey, 31, has been thrown behind bars for communicating sexually with a child online on two separate occasions – April 2 and 3 this year.

In June, he pleaded guilty to causing/inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual act and two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

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He will have to stay on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

Dealey, of Buckingham Street, was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court on Thursday, July 23, for five years and four months, with an extended licence period of seven years.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Samuel Summers, based at Aylesbury police station, said: “Joshua Dealey is a dangerous and predatory offender who, having already been released from prison on licence for similar offences, went onto commit further offences during the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ period.

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“This significant sentence shows Thames Valley Police’s commitment to safeguarding the vulnerable and bringing offenders to justice

“We take all reports of this nature seriously and we would encourage people to please contact us as it is never too late to make a report.

“You can get in touch by calling 101, making a report online, or contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”