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Ipswich man Joel Deeny jailed for 20 months after making obscene phone calls to schools and nurseries




An Ipswich man has been jailed for almost two years after he admitted making sexually explicit phone calls to schools and nurseries.

Joel Deeny, of Fuchsia Lane, was sentenced to 20 months in prison at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court today.

He previously admitted five counts of making phone calls which were indecent or grossly offensive in their nature to five schools and nurseries in Hertfordshire - all of which were made between December 8 and 14.

Deeny was sentenced to 20 months in prison at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court
Deeny was sentenced to 20 months in prison at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court

Deeny was arrested on December 15, after which an investigation was launched by the Operation Converter team.

The phone and SIM card used to make the phone calls as well as evidence linking Deeny to the phone were found by officers.

He later admitted 29 offences of a similar nature which were taken into consideration at his sentencing.

Around 17 of these phone calls were made to schools and nurseries in Ipswich and took place on December 5. The other calls were made between December 4 and 9 to schools in Ipswich and one in Surrey.

Duncan Etchells, of the Operation Converter unit, said: "The content of these telephone calls were highly offensive and sexually explicit in their nature and tone and would have been very distressing for the recipients to hear.

"They were left on the voice mail systems of various schools and nurseries.

"He showed remorse for the calls that he had made whilst he was under the influence of controlled drugs and wished to apologise to those for whom he had caused such offence.”

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