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Sexting Cases (14278/19)


I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information. I am interested to find out how many ‘sexting’ cases involving young children were investigated by your force over the relevant period.

Please could you provide a breakdown of cases where the suspect is a child under the age of 14 for the following offences:

• Take/ make/ distribute Indecent Photographs Or Pseudo-Photographs Of Children;
• Possession of indecent photo or pseudo images of a child;
• Possessing prohibited images of children.

For each case, please provide the age of the suspect, the offence type (including any additional detail on the incident) and also the outcome of the case (e.g. police caution or Outcome 21).

Please provide this data for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 up to 19 August 2019.


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.