A man from Oldham has been jailed after he groomed and exploited a teenage girl online
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Thomas Johnstone, (08/04/1998) of Walter Mills Way, Oldham was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 4 May 2021) at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to meeting a child following sexual grooming with the intention of engaging in penetrative sexual activity and causing and inciting a child to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.
He was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been imposed. He will also be required to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for a period of 10 years.
In March 2020, Johnstone began communicating with his victim online and these conversations were sexual from the very beginning.
Knowing she was only a teenager he continued to pursue the relationship and arranged to meet her on numerous occasions in Hyde, Tameside. It was during these meets that Johnstone engaged in sexual activity with the girl.
Following a report of concern to police, officers arrested Johnstone who was in the company of the victim and his mobile phone and clothing were seized. The conversations he had been engaging in were then uncovered by detectives.
Detective Constable Pavitt of the GMP's Phoenix Tameside CSE Team said: "Child Sexual Exploitation takes place in many forms and we are committed to ensuring those guilty of such heinous crimes face justice. In this case the defendant commenced a sexual relationship with the victim, knowing full well that she was a school child in her early teens. He gained the victims trust and exploited that for his own sexual desires.
"I would like to thank the victim and her family for having the courage to speak about these matters to the Police and I hope this result has provided her with some justice when coming to terms with what she has experienced because of the defendant’s actions.
"If you are the victim of or are concerned someone you know is the victim of child sexual exploitation then I urge you to make contact with police. You report will be managed with the utmost respect and sensitivity and there are also a range of specialist support services available."
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5880. Reports can also be made, anonymously, via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. - Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. We offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by telephoning 0161 276 6515. -Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call us on 0161 273 4500 or email us at [email protected] - Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.