A MUSSELBURGH man has been jailed in Cumbria for child sex offences.

Andrew Fairley, 58, of Millhilll, was sentenced to eight years in prison at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday for a series of offences relating to incidents against two boys that occurred between January 2006 and July 2011 in Rowrah, west Cumbria.

Fairley was convicted of: causing a child under 13 to watch an image of sexual activity; engaging in sexual communications with a child; inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity; two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child; engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child; and sexual assault on a male.

Detective Sergeant Tom Windridge said “Fairley used his position of trust to exploit his victims for his own fulfilment.

“Today’s result shows that we are committed to protecting children from sexual abuse.

“Our specialist officers work together in partnership with support agencies across Cumbria to investigate and bring perpetrators of these horrific crimes before the courts.

"I encourage anyone who has concerns that a child might be a victim of online child sexual exploitation or abuse to contact us."