A lot of you who found this site with a Google search or through some other source may think that monitoring your children’s cell phone and computer usage is being too strict … too much of a “Helicopter Parent”. Read this an let me know if you still feel that way:
[IMAGE: Ian Alexander]
A man who groomed young girls for sexual purposes has been jailed.
Ian Alexander, 48 (20.05.1967) of Rowland Way, Ashford, Middlesex, was sentenced to a total of three years and five months in prison at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday, 23 September.
In addition the defendant was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Alexander had pleaded guilty to eight offences at an earlier hearing at the same court.
The court heard how in May 2012 the defendant had been convicted of possessing prohibited images of children and made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which placed strict prohibitions on his contact with young people and his use of computer equipment.
However in 2013 a 13-year-old girl received a friend request on Facebook. The request apparently came from a 15-year-old boy called Daniel. In fact the request came from Alexander.
Alexander made repeated attempts to meet with the girl and travelled from his home in Ashford to Feltham Park to meet her on 21 March 2014.
However, the girl took friends with her and while at the park received a message from Alexander (who was still using the name Daniel) saying that he could see her.
One of her friends became concerned about this and decided to call the police and tell them what was happening. Officers attended and searched the park for the person but did not find him. Police then began an investigation to find out who the person purporting to be Daniel really was.
Examination of the young girl’s phone revealed that Alexander had been grooming her for sexual purposes. Investigations into the phone he was using and the Facebook account led to an address being identified. On Friday, 4 July 2014 detectives from Hounslow went to Alexander’s house in Ashford and arrested him.
A search of the house recovered three phones that Alexander had used to contact the young girl as well as a computer he had used for similar purposes.
The phones showed that Alexander had also been contacting other young girls. He contacted one teenage girl pretending to be a boy called James who was aged 15. Again, Alexander tried to manipulate the young girl into meeting him, even telling her that James had died and he (Alexander) was James’ father and wanted to meet her; thankfully the girl declined.
During the search police also took away Alexander’s computer for examination. Communications found on the phones and computers were of a sexually explicit nature and provided further evidence of six breaches of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order. One of the people he was contacting appeared to be a nine-year-old girl. (my emphasis)
I’m sure all these girls were “good girls”. But as a parent you really, really need to keep a close handle on your children’s electronic activities.
Did you read what one of the arresting officers had to say?
Detective Sergeant Martin Siertsema of Hounslow CID, said: “Ian Alexander, who was already a registered sex offender, used social networking, messenger services and also text messages to contact and groom young girls for sexual purposes. He was cunning, cruel and deceitful and is a danger to young people.
You NEED monitoring software and you need to use it NOW. If you find there is nothing to worry about, well great but if there IS something to worry about … Wow … how could you let that happen? Remeber the girl the pervert was arrested for stalking went to the park voluntarily and put erself in site of the guy … and he was busy setting up these sort of meeting with nobody knows how many other innocent,”good girls.” Act or regret, the choice is yours.