November 2020

Uxbridge paedophile groomed girl, 13, before abusing her in toilets behind Cobham British Legion

A jury in the trial of a sex offender who groomed a teenage girl online before abusing her in real life has returned their verdict.

Alex Cadwell, 21, has been found guilty of sexual activity with a child and other sexual offences following a two-week trial at Kingston Crown Court.

Cadwell, of Greenacres Avenue in Uxbridge, was arrested on August 30 after an allegation of rape involving a 13-year-old girl was reported to police.

The report was made on August 24 last year and related to an incident which took place in the toilets to the rear of the British Legion on Hollyhedge Road, Cobham.

Surrey Police identified Cadwell, which led to his arrest and interview, as well as the seizure of his digital devices.

Over the period of a month, Cadwell had groomed the girl online, inciting her to commit sexual acts before meeting in real life – it was then the sexual activity took place.

The investigation revealed extensive online grooming of the victim, together with other offences involving other victims.

Cadwell was charged and on October 18 last year and remanded in custody until his trial.

He appeared at court on Monday (November 30) where he was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child following sexual grooming.

He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual communication with a child, three counts of making indecent images of children (Categories A, B and C) and two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act.

He will appear at Kingston Crown Court on January 22, 2021 to be sentenced