Leicestershire man Craig McGuire groomed young girls on internet
A Leicestershire man has been jailed for grooming, possession of indecent images of children and voyeurism offences.
Craig McGuire (37) from The Coppice in Narborough, pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today to six years in prison.
Police first charged McGuire in 2009, after he was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism. Officers found mobile phones and computers at McGuire’s home address and he was charged with voyeurism and possession of indecent images of children.
In 2011 Leicestershire police were contacted by another force, which had been made aware of McGuire and his relationship with a young girl. Police again arrested McGuire and his computers and mobile phones were found with hundreds of indecent images of children and contact details for nearly 200 girls.
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Police found detailed correspondence between McGuire and four young girls, aged between 13 and 15-years-old.
McGuire had set up an online profile on various internet chat rooms, under the names of Steve, Chris, James and Grant. He described himself as a 15-year-old boy living at home with his father and used the image of a young man he had found on the internet.
He struck up a relationship with the young girls, talking to them on a regular basis online and via text message. He also sent them gifts, before encouraging them to send him footage and images of themselves performing sex acts.
Detective Constable Louisa Letts said: “He preyed on young and vulnerable girls in particular, who were of an impressionable age. He lured them into a false sense of security, grooming them so that they felt safe with him.”
Police are warning parents and youngsters to be more aware of the people they speak to online and are running an online aMeeting on Monday October 8, at 6.30pm to offer advice. More informatio here: Police to hold eMeeting following sentencing of Craig McGuire
Parents can also visit advice websites thinkuknow.com and parentsprotect.co.uk