Man who groomed girl on Snapchat jailed for more than four years
Main article content
A 30-year-old man who posed as someone 10 years younger to groom a young girl on Snapchat has been jailed for a total of four and a half years.
In 2019, David Beesley befriended his victim – who was just 13 at the time – on the social media platform.
He was 29, but told her he was 19. She told him her real age. However, the pair began exchanging messages, which included explicit images of themselves. Then, in November 2019, they agreed to meet in person for the first time.
Beesley – of Proffitt Avenue in Coventry – drove to the area on the outskirts of Leicester where the victim lived. While in his car, he began touching her inappropriately. The following day, they then agreed to go to her home, knowing no-one else would be in the house. While there, they had sex.
Two weeks later, they again had sex. The young victim was concerned that she may become pregnant and disclosed what happened to her family in December 2019.
Police were informed and an investigation, led by the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) began. Beesley was subsequently arrested at an address in Warwickshire.
On 6 April at Leicester Crown Court he pleaded guilty to:
- Five counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15
- Three counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15
- One count of causing/inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity
Detective Constable Matt Gibson, from the force’s Safeguarding Hub Exploitation Team, was the investigating officer. He said: “From the very beginning, Beesley knew how old the victim was. He lied about his own age in order to gain her trust.
“Over time, he groomed her with the intention of using her for his own sexual gratification. This came to be when they met and he had sex with her. He knew her age and at no point did it concern him – he has an interest in young girls.
“I am pleased that the victim in this case has not had to recount what happened in front of a jury and that Beesley accepted a degree of responsibility for his actions by admitting his crimes.
“I hope both the victim and the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can take some relief from the fact he is now serving a significant custodial sentence.
“I would urge anyone with young or teenage children to stay alert to the social media platforms they are using and who they are communicating with. If you have any concerns, please contact police.”
- There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to victims of sexual offences in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
- Further information on these services and details can be found by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/
- Further information about online child abuse can be found by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/caa/child-abuse/online-child-abuse/