June 2015

Solihull pervert chef jailed after grooming girl, 13, for sex

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A sordid Solihull chef – said to be obsessed with child sex – groomed girls with online flirting and then started a sexual relationship with a schoolgirl.

Paedophile John Dodd, 27, of Longmore Road, Solihull, began using file-sharing chatroom Bearshare in 2007 when he was 21 to lure children into sexually-explicit conversations.

He convinced a 13-year-old girl to exchange e-mail addresses and phone numbers before inviting the youngster, from Derby, to stay overnight at the home he shared with his mother and sister.

It sparked a two-year relationship, which became sexual when she turned 14, that he maintained by tricking his family into believing she was over the age of consent.

Dodd was eventually arrested in December 2013 when the girl, now in her early 20s, disclosed the relationship during counselling sessions.

And when officers from the West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit examined his laptop they discovered a horrifying string of seedy social media conversations, with various degrees of sexual incitement, and indecent images of children.

It is understood that Dodd groomed several other girls but West Midlands Police detectives were unable to identify them.

But they did manage to trace another schoolgirl who, in response to one of Dodd’s online advances, said: “I’m not doing that. I’m 12 for God’s sake”.

He admitted 19 offences, including sexual activity with a child, possessing indecent images of children and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Dodd was jailed for 11 years at Birmingham Crown Court and banned indefinitely from living with girls under 16 and from communicating with under-18s on the internet.

DC Jon Barker, of West Midlands Police, said: “Dodd knew exactly what he was doing – grooming young girls into online chats that began playfully but soon developed into explicit sexual questioning.

“We know he tried it on with many young girls and managed to strike up a relationship with one 13-year-old girl. They met up every month or so in Solihull.

“The realisation that she had been groomed and used by Dodd was clearly weighing heavily on this girl’s mind and, during one therapy session in 2013, she disclosed the offences to a support agency and they reported it to us.

“I hope the fact that Dodd has now been punished for his offences will help the victim move on with her life.”