A man has been locked up after admitting multiple child sexual exploitation offences.
Jason Bamford, 40, of Birkin Avenue, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a girl, sexual communication with a child, attempting to arrange to meet a child with intent to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
Bamford contacted a 15-year-old girl on Facebook, pretending to be a 15-year-old boy of a different name.
The girl told him she was 15 but they continued to chat on social media and arranged to meet in Nottingham in December last year.
The girl took friends with her which Bamford was unhappy with, threatening her friends that his dog would bite them if they got too close.
One of the girl’s relatives later found messages of a sexual nature on her mobile phone. Bamford encouraged the girl to meet him again at his flat and to come on her own.
The incident was reported to police who seized the phone. Further enquiries led to officers discovering that the Facebook account used to contact the girl belonged to Bamford and he was arrested. He was identified as the man who had met the girl in December.
In June this year Bamford also communicated with another person online who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. This was in fact a decoy profile set up by an online child abuse activist group.
Bamford’s messages were of a sexual nature and he asked the girl to meet him in Nottingham, also sending her his contact details.
On the arranged date Bamford was confronted and detained by the online child abuse activist group. The group contacted the police and Bamford was arrested.
Bamford was jailed for three years and was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday (8 August 2019). He must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Speaking after his sentencing Detective Constable Adam Taylor said: “Bamford is clearly a dangerous person whose offending was getting worse with clear attempts to lure young girls to his flat via online communications.
“He managed to meet one girl but she was clever enough to take friends with her which he clearly didn’t like or suspect was going to happen. He relentlessly contacted young teenage girls and showed clear disregard for the criminal justice system with continued offending while on police bail.
“Bamford knew exactly what he was doing. I’m pleased that he’s now behind bars where he can’t cause further harm to any children.”