Today, Wednesday 4th October, a 52 year old man from the Lisburn area, pled guilty to attempting to possess an indecent image of a child.

David Simpson had also previously pled guilty to seven other charges relating to the same investigation on 20th September 2023. These charges include attempted sexual communication with a child, attempting to possess an indecent image of a child and attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Detective Inspector Richard Vasey from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Child Internet Protection Team said: “David Simpson thought he was sexually communicating with young children online, however, he had actually been communicating with undercover police officers.

“I want to send a strong message today that my team are working around the clock to identify and bring people before the courts who think their online offending can go undetected.

“We have a highly dedicated team with specialised equipment who can trace any digital interaction right back to the persons front door. We continue to work robustly in this area to identify and bring perpetrators behind a screen, in front of a judge to answer for their crimes.

“If you are concerned that someone you know may be attempting to sexually communicate with a child please contact Police on 101 or 999 in case of emergency.”