October 2021

‘Disturbing’ paedophile used TikTok and WhatsApp to prey on young girls

A March paedophile who used WhatsApp and social media site TikTok to prey on young girls has been jailed after claiming he had been hacked.

David Guite, 29, first came to the attention of police in October 2019 when it was found he had been communicating with a 13-year-old girl in Gloucestershire via TikTok and WhatsApp.

The girl would not allow police to download the content of her phone and did not want to provide a statement, but Guite was arrested at his home in March and questioned.

He told officers he stopped communicating with the girl when he knew how old she was and claimed his phone had been hacked during the period of the conversations.

He was released while an investigation took place.

While forensic examination of Guite’s devices was ongoing, he started sexualised conversations with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl on the platforms Skout and WhatsApp.

It was in fact an adult member of an online paedo hunting group

A member of the group handed information to the police and a warrant was conducted at Guite’s new address in Eastwood Avenue, March.

A seized phone revealed another sexualised WhatsApp conversation with a 12-year-old girl and an additional three sexualised conversations on the app with profiles belonging to children.

Guite admitted four charges of engaging in sexual communication with a child, attempting to cause or incite a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to cause or incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

On Wednesday (September 29) at Peterborough Crown Court he was jailed for 30 months.

He was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.