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Social network paedophile jailed after grooming 15-year-old Bromley girl

PUBLISHED: 14:45 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:46 29 April 2013

Benjamin Spratt targetted a 15-year-old from Bromley.

Benjamin Spratt targetted a 15-year-old from Bromley.

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A paedophile who used a social networking website to groom two girls, including a 15-year-old from Bromley, has been jailed for nine years.

Benjamin Spratt, 28, of Chelmsford was sentenced after pleading guilty to four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of digital and oral penetration of a 14-year-old girl at Croydon Crown Court last week.

During September and October 2011 he used the website MYLOL to approach young girls, using his DJ experience to build up a rapport with the girls he met.

After meeting a 14-year-old, the taxi driver travelled to her home in Sutton where he sexually abused her. He then showed up at her school two days later, but left when his victim alerted teachers.

Spratt was arrested by officers from Sapphire, and after examining his computer, it was revealed he had been in contact with other young girls.

Officers tracked down the 15-year-old Bromley girl, who told them Spratt convinced her to engage in sexyal activity online while he performed a sex act on himself.

Det Con John Daly, of MPS Sapphire Command, said: “Benjamin Spratt is a predatory paedophile who has targeted a vulnerable young girl to satisfy his own sexual needs.

“The MPS is dedicated to protecting the public from sexual predators and encouraging victims to come forward. They will be fully supported by specially trained officers.”

Spratt was placed on the sex offenders register for life. He was also banned from using the internet to talk with children, or communicate with any female under 16 without supervision.

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