A 23-year-old Stoke-on-Trent man has been given a three-year rehabilitation order after pleading guilty to sexual grooming of a child at an earlier hearing.
Majid Mohammed, of Nile Street, Burslem, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday (21 September). He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, placed on the sex offenders register for five years, ordered to do unpaid work and to pay court costs.
He was arrested on the morning of Sunday, July 2 at Central Forest Park and subsequently charged with attempting to meet a girl under 16 years of age following online grooming.
Detective Inspector Nicki Furlong said: “We would encourage anyone who has information about suspected child abuse to tell the police so the appropriate action can be taken.
“People are reminded not to take matters into their own hands or do anything that could hinder or jeopardise such investigations.
“Acts of retaliation will also not be tolerated and we will take swift and appropriate action to deal with any offenders accordingly.”
If you are concerned about online grooming, report it to Staffordshire Police on 101, to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk, or to Crimestoppers.
If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm call 999.