A man from Bolton who groomed and sexually assaulted young girls has been jailed.
Shane Fielding, 21, was sentenced to three years and two months at Bolton Crown Court on 2 December 2016.
The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child. Additionally, he also pleaded guilty to three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The offences came to light after officers investigated Fielding’s communication on social networking sites. It was discovered that Fielding would seek out random girls living in the Bolton area. Some of the girls were as young as 13.
He would chat with the girls over the internet. Fielding was then able to gain their trust and arrange a meeting. The charges relate to four girls who were all aged between 13 and 15 at the time.
GMP says that Fielding began grooming the girls over a period of time – leading to him committing serious offences against them.
The grooming and sexual assault has concerned the Bolton community. GMP would like to praise the victims for their courage throughout the investigation. Their bravery has helped secure this conviction.
The news of the conviction has concerned members of the local community. Many feel that more should be done to raise awareness of the dangers social networking. GMP asks that parents are aware and be ‘vigilant’ about their children’s access to technology.
Anyone who is concerned should visit https://www.getsafeonline.org/ for more information and advice about keeping safe online.
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