Pervert (42) jailed after grooming a child on Facebook
An Edenbridge man who posed as a teenager in order to groom a child on Facebook has been jailed for 21 months.
Douglas Warren, 42, formerly of Pine Grove, Edenbridge, exchanged explicit images and videos with his victim on the social networking site and planned to meet her at a hotel.
Warren cancelled the booking when he discovered police were aware of his on-line activity.
He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday August 25 after admitting four counts relating to child sex offences and eight counts relating to the possession and/or making of indecent images including child abuse images.
In addition to a custodial sentence of 21 months, Warren must also sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
The court heard how Warren claimed to be aged 19 when he first sent his victim a friend request on Facebook in February 2015.
After the request was accepted he sent her explicit images of himself and encouraged her to do the same in return.
He also suggested that they could one day move in together and possibly get married.
Officers seized Warren’s mobile telephone, laptop computer and other devices following his arrest on March 27 and found more than 4,000 child abuse images and 31 extreme pornographic images.
The child abuse images were broken down as follows:
Category A – 474 images
Category B – 259 images
Category C – 3,605 images