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A paedophile who sexually assaulted a teenage girl he had met through a fake social media profile has been jailed.
Dean Tutt, 29, posed as a teenage boy on a social media platform to groom his then 13-year-old victim.
Tutt initially added the victim through his own Instagram account, but she blocked him as he was older than her and he would not stop getting in contact with her.
However, she was then added on Snapchat by a boy called ‘Ryan’ and they started messaging one another.
Tutt was behind this account though, and he even created a fake account for ‘Ryan’s’ sister on Instagram, so he could continue messaging her on another platform.
Tutt groomed his victim online for months, telling the victim that he loved her, sending her pictures and asking for pictures in return.
He threatened her when she did not do what Tutt wanted, and when the victim worked out that ‘Ryan’ and Tutt were the same person he threatened to hurt her and her friends.
She was coerced into meeting Tutt in his car, who drove her to a rural location and sexually assaulted her.
She told him to stop, but he would not and he kept saying he loved her and did not want her to leave.
The victim’s mum reported to police that her daughter had engaged in sexual activity with a 17-year-old boy, but enquiries traced the suspect’s phone number to Tutt, of Winchester Gardens, Luton.
Police were then able to trace messages between Tutt and the victim.
A jury found Tutt unanimously guilty of meeting a child following sexual grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a child.
He had previously pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child.
On Thursday, 22 July at Luton Crown Court, Tutt was jailed for five years. He will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register.
Investigation officer Michela Zasada, from Bedfordshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Tutt hatched a devious scheme to groom and sexually exploit a teenage girl.
“The level of deception Tutt engaged in was awful, without even mentioning his threatening and predatory behaviour.
“Law enforcement has dedicated teams scouring the internet to stop people like Tutt abusing and exploiting children online.
“However, we would always encourage parents and carers to ensure their children know the risks and take steps to keep themselves safe online.”
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