Man convicted of having sex with child he befriended on social media

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

A man has been convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a child after contacting her on social media.

Kelan Wright, aged 21, of Granby Court, Bletchley, was found guilty following a three-day trial at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Wright developed a relationship on social media with the victim, a 14-year-old girl, during Spring and Summer last year.

On August 21, 2014 he made arrangements for them to meet up and took her back to his flat in Bletchley where he engaged in sexual activity with her.

Wright was arrested on 27 September 2014 and was charged with the offence on 2 May 2015.

Det Con Kim McHugh said: “Wright has been convicted of committing a serious sexual offence against a child after befriending her on social media. By pleading not guilty, Wright subjected the young victim to going through the process of giving evidence in court.

“The victim has shown courage throughout the proceedings and I commend her for supporting the case which has resulted in the conviction of Wright.

“This case is a reminder of the dangers of social media - do you know who your child is speaking to online? Thames Valley Police will work to pursue those who offend, to provide support to victims and to ensure offenders are brought to justice.”

Wright is due to be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on January 22.