Local man jailed for child sex offences

A local man has been jailed for child sex offences following investigations by Lancashire Constabulary.

Colin Mooney arranged online to carry out the sickening abuse but was arrested in May 2019 after turning up for a face to face meeting.

Mooney, of Ormskirk Road, Skelmersdale, admitted offences of arranging and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and attempting sexual communication with a child.

The 31-year-old was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Thursday, December 19th to four years imprisonment with an extra two years on licence.

Mooney is deemed as a Dangerous Person so he cannot be released until two thirds of the way through his sentence and he then has to prove to the parole board that he is not a risk to the public before being released.

He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Detective Constable Kate Molloy, of South CID, said: “Colin Mooney is clearly a depraved individual and the content of his online discussions is frankly sickening.

“He is a dangerous man and I am satisfied that the jail sentence and orders imposed will help protect the public for some considerable time to come.

“Lancashire Constabulary will continue to target those who seek to abuse children and to put them before the courts.”