August 2017

 Paedophile encouraged girl, 9, into sex acts on live streaming app

A paedophile who encouraged a nine-year-old girl into sex acts on a webcam app has been jailed for four years.

Glen Friend, 28, from Walthamstow, was “heavily involved” in persuading the young girl into exposing intimate parts of her body on the Live.Me app.

The app is used by children all over the world, but once they post a video they have limited control over who views it.

The video the girl posted after Friend’s encouragement in May this year was viewed by almost 300 users and was free to watch until its removal, which had to be requested by police.

Scotland Yard said this type of offending causes its victims “extensive damage” and they encouraged parents to “stay vigilant” with their children’s activity on social media.

Already a convicted paedophile, Friend was arrested on Friday (August 4) as he left prison, where he was serving time for breaching his sex offender notification requirements.

Field was also subject to the Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which specifically banned him from contacting anyone under the age of 18 through any method of communication.

He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (August 14), having pleaded guilty to inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was jailed for four years and handed a two-year extended supervision order.

The case is believed to be the Met’s first successful conviction of a predator using the ‘Live.Me’ app to groom young children.

The Met is still trying to identify the other users on Live.Me, who alongside Friend, encouraged the child into performing sex acts.