Co-op remove staff member after being found to be convicted Sex offender.
Co-op Southern have this morning confirmed that they have removed a frontline member of staff from one of their Portsmouth stores and have launched an internal investigation.
This comes after they had been made aware that a man know as Francis Knight was working form them. It is understood that the convicted.
Sex offender has managed to gain employment with the group and had failed to disclose on his application that he was in fact a convicted sex offender and also on the Sex offenders register.
Knight is a danger to families and is also a repeat offender. He was until this morning working at CO-OP ON NORTHERN PARADE PORTSMOUTH, as well as providing temp cover at the CO-OP ON TANGIER ROAD PORTSMOUTH.
Co-op thanked the public for making them aware and removed the man from the store as soon as being made aware.
For those not aware of this man:In 2013, Knight created and cloned online profiles of teenage girls to lure the boys into carrying out his sick demands
The court was told that even AFTER he was arrested and charged, FRANCIS KNIGHT who then worked at Tesco carried on offending.
Prosecutor Jane Terry said Knight’s modus operandi was to SEND FRIEND REQUESTS, UNDER THE CLONED IDENTITIES, to a group of people who knew each other, LULLING THE VICTIMS INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY, as they believed they had friends in common.
Jailing him for 16 months overall, for 18 counts – INCLUDING INCITING CHILDREN TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND MAKING INDECENT IMAGES OF CHILDREN – Judge John Dixon called Knight’s actions ‘calculated and artful’.
He added: ‘These incidents caused considerable distress. What’s worse is that in those online exchanges you had with those boys you deceived them with a one-way webcam.
Co-op southern have promise to come back with an update following their investigation that is likely to be referred to Hampshire for charges of obtaining employment by deception and other offences..
This man may have gone unnoticed if wasn’t for the hard work of ukpaedos who uncovered this a massive credit to them
A man who posed as a teenager on Facebook to urge children to perform sex acts online has had his 16-month jail sentence increased to four years.
Court of Appeal judges agreed the original term imposed on Francis Knight was “unduly lenient”.
The 31-year-old, from Portsmouth, posed as a teenage girl and befriended boys on the social network.
He incited eight of them to perform sexual activities in front of a web camera so that he could see them.
Appeal judges heard how Knight, from Eastern Road, incited more than 200 other youngsters to perform in a similar way, although they did not do so.
He pleaded guilty to offences involving inciting or attempting to incite children to engage in sexual activities and making indecent photographs of children.
He was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on 24 May.
Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Mrs Justice Thirlwall increased his sentence after hearing submissions from Solicitor General Oliver Heald that 16 months did not reflect the scale of the offending.
Mr Heald said the offences were “non-consensual” because the victims were under 13 and they did not know the true identity of the person on the chatline.
After the ruling, he said: “The actions of Francis Knight were appalling.
“He posed as a teenage girl online to gain the trust of young boys and then exploited them for his own gratification.
“Child sexual offences like these are very serious and can be difficult to detect because the culprits may never be seen by the victims and they do not use their real names.”
Announcing the decision of the court, Lady Justice Rafferty said: “In victim impact statements and other means of expression, many victims reported feeling bad, scared, sick and angry.”