A KIDDERMINSTER woman has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence for her role in assisting a dangerous paedophile.

Jenna Ball, of Sutton Road, was charged with three counts of arranging child sex offences, causing a child to commit a sexual act and possession of indecent images.

The 37-year-old assisted Gavin Sloan, formerly of Briar Close in Minsterley near Shrewsbury, who pleaded guilty to more than 30 offences including the rape of a child, possessing indecent images of children and sexual assaults against children.

Sloan, aged 46, was sentenced to 21 years in prison at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Thursday (May 12).

Sloan and Ball were sentenced alongside Louise Smith, aged 42, formerly of Cheshire, who was charged with 12 counts of sexual activity in the presence of a child and causing a child to commit a sexual act. She was given an 11-year sentence.

All three were previously found guilty at the court.

Sloan was arrested in May 2021 after officers from West Mercia Police carried out a warrant at his home address. The warrant was granted as it was believed he may have been in possession of indecent images of children.

Following searches of his home, officers discovered numerous videos containing indecent images of children, including a video of Sloan himself sexually assaulting a young child.

The images found were taken between 2013 and 2021.

The discovery of these images then led officers to arrest and later charge Smith and Ball in connection with the investigation.

Detective Inspector Jo Delahay said: “This investigation has been one of the most harrowing for all involved and we welcome the sentence that has been handed to Sloan. We also welcome the sentences handed to Ball and Smith for their part in assisting Sloan.

“He is a highly dangerous individual who preyed on young and vulnerable victims, and it is incomprehensible that he would commit such crimes against children and young people. Our thoughts remain with the victims and those close to them.”