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Pembrokeshire man convicted of attempting to meet a child for a sexual encounter

SEAN GOLDER, 55 from Cosheston, engaged in conversation with who he believed to be a 14-year-old child, and was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Friday 29 September 2023.

GOLDER was sentenced to 19 months imprisonment and placed on the registered sex offenders list for 10 years, after pleading guilty to online sexual offences. He was convicted for engaging in sexual communications with a child and meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Officers from Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and Dyfed-Powys police arrested GOLDER in relation to the offences in March 2023. He had been identified after engaging in conversation with an undercover police officer, whom he believed to be a 14-year-old boy.

Detective Inspector Mathew Davies, of Tarian, said: “This is another important result for the region and Dyfed-Powys police. This result shows we continue to identify and target the most dangerous individuals in our communities, and by working with Dyfed-Powys police we were able to promptly detain GOLDER and prevent him from committing further offences.”

Detective Sergeant Owen Lock, of Dyfed-Powys police, said: “It is crucial that we safeguard children and the most vulnerable members of our communities. By working closely with Tarian we will continue to target these offenders.”

“If anyone has been a victim of child sexual abuse, we urge you to report it to your local police force via 101. We will always follow up allegations of abuse, no matter when they occurred. Victims can talk in confidence to experienced investigators and we can help them get access to a range of other support services.”

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“If you have concerns about your use of the internet, or inappropriate thoughts about children, or if you are worried about how someone you know behaves around children, the Lucy Faithful Foundation provides a free, anonymous and confidential Stop It Now! Helpline on 0808 1000 900. They can offer advice, support and further information.”