Paedophiles jailed after online grooming led to rape of Beckenham schoolgirl
PUBLISHED: 17:05 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:22 26 February 2013
Members of a paedophile ring who groomed a 12-year-old Beckenham girl which led to her rape have been sentenced.
David Jukes, 28, from Smethwick, in the West Midlands, was jailed for eight years at Woolwich Crown Court on February 14 having previously pleaded guilty to rape of a child aged under 13.
Jamie Derriman, 27, of Thicket Road, Crystal Palace and Aaron Cool, 20, from Southampton, were handed a combined nine-month suspended sentence and a rehabilitation and education order for urging the girl to have sex.
Derriman previously pleaded guilty to 14 counts of possessing indecent images of children.
Jukes had claimed to be a 15-year-old boy online.
He travelled from Walsall to meet the victim, manipulating and eventually raping her.
After seizing his computer, police identified Derriman and Cool, a registered sex offender, as also abusing the victim.
Det Ch Insp Pete Thomas said: “These convictions send a clear message to those who target children for sexual gratification that no stone will be left unturned by the police to arrest those who abuse children.
“Child abuse in all its forms is abhorrent and causes untold damage to victims and their families.
“Targeting those offenders is central to our commitment to safeguard all children.”