Man jailed for sexually abusing girls he met online

A man who sexually assaulted three teenage girls he met through a social networking site has been jailed.

Elliot McDermott (19/10/1992), of Odessa Avenue, Salford, admitted two counts of rape, three sexual assaults and three counts of grooming.

At Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday 2 July 2012, he was sentenced to a total of six years in a young offenders’ institution.

He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

His first victim was just 12-years-old when he befriended her through Facebook. After sharing several messages over the internet they exchanged mobile numbers and he arranged to meet her at a house in Salford.

Between the 16th July 2011 and the 6th August 2011, McDermott went to the victim's house and while there raped the young girl.

He then arranged to meet the victim a second time, after asking her to return headphones he had left at her house.
They met at a subway near to her home before going to a field where he raped and sexually assaulted the girl.

On 18 August 2011, he engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl in a park in Swinton after contacting and befriending her through Facebook. On meeting the girl, he provided her with alcohol and engaged in sexual activity with her whilst she was intoxicated.

On 10 October 2011, he engaged in sexual activity with his third victim, a 13-year-old girl he again met through Facebook, befriending her and arranging to meet her in a park in Irlams O'Height where he engaged in sexual activity with her.

Detective Constable Nicola Wood, of the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “Without exaggeration, McDermott is every parent’s worst nightmare.

“He trawled the internet and befriended young, vulnerable girls that he went on to rape or sexually assault.

“Some thought he cared about them but all were too young to consent to any sexual activity. A fact he knew full well but chose to ignore for his own sexual gratification.

“This has had a significant impact on all victims and their families and I hope they are reassured that he is now behind bars where he can no longer pose a threat.

“GMP will always investigate offences where young, vulnerable people are targeted and exploited compassionately and thoroughly. Victims will be dealt with by specially trained officers who can offer support and reassurance throughout the criminal justice process and beyond.

“If you or anyone you know has been a victim of an offence like this, or indeed any crime, please call us.

“I would also urge parents to be mindful of who their loved ones are interacting with over the internet and to ensure their children are fully aware of the dangers and potential consequences of befriending strangers.”

© Greater Manchester Police 2018