A 40-year-old man has today been jailed for grooming teenaged girls on the internet and entering into a sexual relationship with some of them.
Ian Sluggett, 40, of Whetstone, admitted 23 charges including making indecent photos of a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming, and sexual activity with a child.
He was jailed for ten years. He was also given a 15 year Sexual Offences Prevention Order – this places various restrictions on him such as banning unsupervised access to children, and forcing him to give police access to any computer he uses.
Sluggett downloaded images of a little known pop star from America, and used it on a number of fake Facebook profiles along with false names.
With these profiles he approached and became friends with hundreds of people, most of them girls aged 13-16 years. He then targeted the “friends” of these “friends” in order to engage them in conversation. A number of the girls said they spoke to him because he was already “friends” with someone they knew.