September 2023

Brave Warwick girl’s testimony sees ‘dangerous’ child predator jailed

Detectives have praised the bravery of a girl from Warwick whose statements have seen a predator from Kent jailed for four-and-a-half years.

26-year-old Johnathon Marren from Ramsgate started talking to the young teenage girl online in December of 2020.

What followed was weeks of grooming, whereby Marren talked sexually, sent explicit photos and even sent a list of ‘rules’ to try to control the victim.

Then, in January 2021, the victim approached the police with the support of her family.

Thanks to the bravery of the victim, detectives were able to build a robust case against Marren, who was subsequently arrested.

On 24 January, when detectives interviewed him, he remained silent – and only surrendered passwords to his electronic devices when he was warned it was an offence to not do so.

Marren was subsequently charged with attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to view images of sexual activity, possessing indecent photographs and attempting to meet a girl following grooming.

And at Warwick Crown Court he was sentenced to 54 months in prison.