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Longfield man, 23, pleads guilty to grooming 12-year-old girl for sex

PUBLISHED: 17:10 06 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:01 13 March 2014

A man who groomed a 12-year-old girl on a social networking site has admitted possessing more than 200 indecent images and three counts of sexual activity with a child.

James Newman, of Longfield Avenue, Longfield, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday (6) and will be sentenced on April 22.

He began talking with the young girl over social media network ‘BearShare’ between January and May last year.

The pair spoke regularly on Skype and eventually met up shortly after the girl’s 13th birthday – but not before Newman, 23, admitted he was not 18 as he had previously said to the girl.

Newman entered a consensual sexual relationship with the girl, but she later withdrew her consent.

The victim told her teacher at school about the relationship when she thought she might have become pregnant.

Newman had already cut off all contact with the girl after she had contacted him about her pregnancy fears.

Newman was arrested by officers, who seized his computer and iPhone, on November 28. The investigating officers later found 213 indecent images.

Investigating officer, Det Con Sunita Dale, of Kent Police, said: “Newman set out to groom this young girl, who was vulnerable because of her age, with the intention of engaging in sexual activity.

“I would like to praise the victim who showed courage and bravery in providing police with sufficient evidence to convict Newman.

“Illegally produced images are made to fuel the demand from offenders like Newman, and it is quite right that he faces imprisonment for accessing images of this type.”

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