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Friday 24 February 2012

Nantwich man sentenced for grooming teenager online

George Alexander Joinson

A man from Nantwich who groomed a teenager through a music sharing website has been sentenced to more than three years behind bars.

George Alexandra Joinson (56) from Barony Court in Nantwich pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to sexual activity with a child under 16, and 16 counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child.

He was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on 17 February 2012 to three years and four months in prison. An indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made against him; he is banned from working with children and will be a registered sex offender for life.

Cheshire Police were alerted to Joinson′s illegal activities after a mother from Derbyshire reported her 13 year old daughter missing on 20 April 2011.

The mother believed her daughter had been staying with a friend for a few days but discovered that she was not at a friend′s house and alerted police.

Police in Derbyshire found an old mobile phone at the girl′s address which showed she had been communicating with Joinson. In the back of the phone behind the battery was a piece of paper with Joinson′s address. On the phone they discovered photographs of an elderly man which transpired to be Joinson.

Officers from Nantwich visited his home in Barony Court and made a search but the teenager wasn′t there. He denied he had ever met up with her and said they′d only ever texted.

Police arrested Joinson on suspicion of grooming and he was interviewed about the whereabouts of the missing girl.

In the meantime she returned to her home address where she was interviewed by Derbyshire officers. She admitted visiting him on two occasions, and having unprotected sex on the first occasion.

As the investigation continued Cheshire officers then arrested Joinson for sexual activity with a child and searched his home, seizing DVDs and computers.

Detectives from Cheshire Police′s eForensics unit unearthed 32 indecent images.

DC Paul Carslake said: "It emerged that the victim had started chatting with Joinson on a music sharing website called Bearshare, which members have to be 14 to join. She stated that she told him she was actually 13. From his online profile she was aware of his age.

"This highlights how imperative it is that parents are aware of the sites their children are accessing and who they are communicating with.

"The internet is an amazing tool that a lot of families have access to, but it also has its dangers. There are a number of websites that provide information and tools to protect children online and I would strongly advise all parents to utilise these when educating their children about how to stay safe."

Websites to help people keep safe online.

Advice on internet safety and security, including social networking and chatrooms.
Advice about firewalls, spyware and antivirus protection and how to protect children online.
Adult awareness e-safety
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You can download resources from this site on e-safety
All you need to know about online safety for your child
All you need to know about online safety for your child

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