Febuary 2011

Two years for sex grooming a ’13-year-old’

A man who travelled from London to the Westcountry by rail with the aim of having sex with a 13-year-old girl has been jailed for two years.

Mohammed Kabir, a 23-year-old chemical engineering student, pleaded guilty last December to one count of sexually grooming an under-age girl and two counts of engaging in sexual activity knowing or believing that a child was watching.

At Plymouth Crown Court, prosecutor Jason Beale explained how Kabir, from Plender Street, Camden, had contacted a number of young women and girls on the website Worlds Biggest Chat including one called Amy, who claimed to be a 13-year-old. She was, in fact, a female police officer.

Mr Beale said Kabir asked ‘Amy’ if she was looking for a guy and whether she ever had sex with a man. Later they transferred their conversation onto an online messaging network where the conversation became more “sexual”.

Mr Beale explained how last July Kabir said he would come to Plymouth and meet up with the girl. On July 13 and 20 he exposed himself on his webcam to her while performing an indecent act.

He arranged to visit Plymouth on July 23 but the previous day he claimed he could not afford the train fair or the hotel costs. On July 26 and 27 ‘Amy’ contacted Kabir and he made new arrangements. He said he would come to her house and they could have sex there, with him stating “I’m gonna be your first man”.

On July 29, he caught the train from London, which was joined by undercover police officers at Exeter who watched Kabir regularly texting ‘Amy’. He was arrested at Plymouth rail station.

In mitigation, his advocate Simon Laws said Kabir had no previous convictions and was a “sexually frustrated young man” who “did not have the moral sense to turn away”.

Judge Gilbert sentenced Kabir to 14 months for the online grooming plus ten months each for the online exposure to run concurrently, making a total of two years, less 184 days on remand.

Kabir would also be put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and be subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years.