East Devon: Predators using mobile phones to groom victims

SEXUAL predators are grooming young people via mobile phones as much as computers.

SEXUAL predators are grooming young people via mobile phones as much as computers.

That's the warning a victim's family issued after reading in last week's Herald how the parents of a 15-year-old Axminster girl saved her from possible physical abuse after checking MSN messages on her computer.

As police investigated that incident, a Honiton man was starting a jail sentence for having sex with young teenage girls. The mother of one of his victims said: "Mobile phones can be used as much as computers.

"We thought our daughter was up in her bedroom being a moody teenager.


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"In fact, she was being bombarded by up to 150 text messages a day.

"Phones are taken for granted, but look what can happen."

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The 14-year-old only ever met her abuser twice and one of those times was when she was introduced to him at a public event.

The girl's mother said: "He even managed to put credit on her phone - just by using her number.

"He didn't have a top-up card.

"When we saw the messages he had been sending her, they contained just the sort of things a 14-year-old girl wants to hear.

"It's horrible, what this man did to our family.

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