Man lied about his age to groom teenager, 14

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A 43-year-old man is set to be sentenced for a number of sexual offences and harassment against a city child.

James McGrath, of Denewood Crescent, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity, one count of sexual grooming and a count of harassment at Aylesbury Crown Court last on February 28.

At the start of last year he started chatting online with the girl, then 14-years-old, while posing as a young man.

He soon progressed to texting the girl and during the Easter holidays last year, he travelled to Milton Keynes to meet her before they were involved in sexual activity.

He admitted he was older than he first told her and she said she didn’t want to see him anymore.

He then harassed her with thousands of abusive texts before he was arrested in September and charged October 10.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Gary Huff of Milton Keynes Force CID, said: “McGrath posed as a young man to entice his victim to speak to him and eventually to agree to meet him, when he committed sexual offences against her.

“This conviction shows that offences of this nature are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly to ensure justice is done. I would urge parents to monitor who their children are talking to online, to ensure they are not put at risk.”

The Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre has made the site for young people aged between five and 16 years old, parents and carers with tips on how to stay safe online.

McGrath is due to be sentenced at the same court on March 27.