Pervert from Eastwood is jailed

Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Crown Court

A man who abused a 13-year-old girl and incited a ten and 11-year-old to send him naked images of themselves has been locked up.

A judge described the activities of Daniel Woolis as ‘evil’ as he sent him to a young offenders’ institution for a total of 40 months.

The 20-year-old, of Pickering Avenue, Eastwood, pleaded guilty to four sexual offences against children and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court last Friday.

He received 32 months for engaging in direct sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl.

Woolis was given a further eight months for offences involving two girls from Newark ­— engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged under 13, and two charges of inciting girls under the age of 13 to be involved in pornography by asking them to send naked photographs.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Prosecutor Abigail Woods said Woolis bought a mobile device and started talking to the three girls on instant video messaging website ooVoo while they were at a sleepover.

After engaging them in conversation, Woolis then committed a sex act on himself on camera in front of them.

He then privately asked two of them to show their body parts to him and send nude photos.

The police were informed after the girls’ school found out.

Christine Luckock, defending, said Woolis initially thought the girls were older, but could not explain why he kept talking to them once he realised their age.

She said a psychologist’s report suggested Woolis had a development level matching a 14-year-old rather than his true age, and also had mild learning disabilities.

Judge Michael Stokes QC, Recorder of Nottingham, told Woolis: “The report suggests that although you were 18, your cognitive development was like an average 14-year-old.

“However, an average 14-year-old knows that this sort of activity is not only wrong, it is evil.

“You took advantage of them (the girls) and invited them to send indecent images of themselves to you.

“The girls were far, far too young to engage in that sort of activity.”

After the case, the senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Pete Quinn, of Notts Police, said: “I am pleased that the hard work of officers involved in this case has been rewarded with this sentence.”

In relation to the first offence committed by Woolis, DI Quinn said: “Daniel Woolis preyed on a vulnerable victim who has shown great courage in coming forward and disclosing these crimes.

“We hope seeing Woolis sentenced assists the healing process for them and their family.”