First PSNI-NCA child abuse offender sentenced

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The first sentence has been handed down to an offender caught as a result of a joint anti-child abuse operation between the PSNI and the National Crime Agency.

Belfast man Morris Johnston, 45 and from Filor Court, was ordered by a judge to attend a two-year Sexual Offenders Programme after he pleaded guilty to 11 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.

While Belfast Crown Court was told the offences would normally require a custodial sentence, the fact he had been in custody for six months was taken into account by the judge.

He is prohibited from being around children, must provide all overnight addresses to the PSNI, and must have no access to the internet for seven years without prior notification of his risk manager.

He will also be placed on the Sexual Offenders register for five years.

Since May 2015, 25 arrests have been made in the operation, and seven people charged.