March 2020

Paedophile’s sentence ought to act as a warning

A man from Rochdale has been jailed for a series of sex offences against teenage girls across the United Kingdom.

In September 2018, police were called to a report of concern for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl in a hotel room in Wales.

Officers attended and found the 14-year-old in a private room with Jordan Scarrott (aged 22) of Badger Close, Rochdale.

At the time, Scarrott told officers that he was 15-years-old.

Further enquiries established that Scarrott was 20-years-old and an investigation was launched.

The investigation found that, over a period of six months, Scarrott contacted a number of teenage girls from Wales, Greater Manchester and Northamptonshire using a social media app.

In some cases, Scarrott arranged to meet the girls and, during these meetings, engaged in sexual activity.

Scarrott was arrested and taken into police custody for questioning.

Scarrott was subsequently charged with four counts of sexual communication with a child, four counts of sexual grooming of a child, four counts of sexual activity with a child between the age of 13 and 15, two counts of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 following grooming and one count of inciting a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

Scarrott pleaded guilty and, on Friday, February 28, 2020, he was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court to eight years and four months imprisonment.