A 26-year old male from March who groomed two under age girls online is now by order of Cambridge Crown Court the subject of a sexual offences prevention order. The man from March, befriended teenagers on social networking sites before sending them explicit messages. However the girls alerted their parents and also their schools.
In January and February 2011, he sent messages to a 13 year old female in Wisbech. Using the name 'Party Time?' he commented about pictures of her in her school uniform. He was arrested in August, that year, and questioned about the messages.
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But, at the start of 2012, he began sending another series of messages to a 14 year old in Blackburn, Lancashire. In addition, the man had already been investigated after sending messages to a 13 year old in Ramsey, in 2009.
Cambridgeshire Police Officers were also to discover indecent images stored on his computer.
At his Crown Court Court trial. He pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent photographs and two charges of inciting a girl under 16 to engage in sexual activity. Two further charges of attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, were ordered to lie on his file.
At Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday February 28th, he was sentenced to a two-year community order with specialist sex offender treatment and given a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order. This specifically bans him from: unsupervised contact with girls under 16; using the Internet to contact any girls under 16, or using any device capable of accessing the Internet, unless it records his browsing history.
Police will also be able to check his computer and any device capable of storing digital images.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
Detective Constable Tade Toseland said: "This man befriended young girls online. He was fully aware of their age as he made reference to their school uniforms, and tried to take advantage of their vulnerability.
"Thankfully the victims did not agree to meet up with him and alerted their parents or schoolteachers.
"We would always encourage parents to notify police if they suspect their child has been contacted by older people online."
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