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29 January 2015, 17:21
A 22-year old Nottingham man who used Facebook to groom and abuse young girls has been jailed.
Blaine Dalton from Bestwood Park pleaded guilty to one count of sexually assaulting a girl aged 13 and over and five counts of causing or inciting girls under and over the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity
He also must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Chris Taylor, said: “In a bid to groom potential victims, Dalton had set up multiple Facebook profiles, claiming to be a 15- or 16-year-old boy. He would attempt to add young teenage girls as ‘friends’ on the social networking site.
“If they accepted his ‘friend’ request, Dalton would then have access to their profile and friend list. By the time he was stopped, Dalton had built thousands of online contacts, mainly young girls, using this tactic.”
Primary victim, "Amy" (we've changed her name), from Nottinghamshire, was 13-years-old when she began speaking to Blaine Dalton on Facebook messenger after he sent her a friend request on the social networking site in 2012, and she accidentally added him. Contact escalated from online chat to meeting in person and Dalton sexually assaulted Amy in Nottingham City Centre in September 2012.
“He lied and wormed his way into my life, probably in the same way he did with lots of other girls,”
“Looking back I was a shy, awkward 13-year-old and he seemed to know all the right things to make me feel special. Blaine abused my trust then abused me physically. I relive what he did to me every day."