Paedophile fails in sentence cut bid

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A PAEDOPHILE from Sheffield who gave a little girl a book to show her how to satisfy his sick sexual urges has lost an appeal against his prison sentence.

Christopher John Stones, aged 61, of Daresbury Place, Arbourthorne, was jailed for 12 years at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting a string of child sex offences in March.

Alongside several other child abusers, he appealed against the length of the sentence to the country’s top judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge.

Handing down his judgment, Lord Judge said there was nothing wrong with a 12-year term for such offending.

Stones showed a girl, aged five or six, a book of sexual pictures and persuaded her to copy them.

Another youngster, who was not yet a teenager, was abused by him in a similar way and also molested.

His lawyers argued the total sentence in its entirety was excessive and failed to give him credit for his guilty plea.

But rejecting his appeal Lord Judge said he was guilty of “serious coercive” sex crimes.