Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Parents trap Facebook predator

A British couple posing as their young daughter on Facebook have trapped a man who was grooming the girl for sex. Thomas Gibbs, 52, was arrested after the 11-year-old's parents handed evidence of their online exchanges to police, and then arranged to meet him in public, at which point he was arrested. Gibbs was jailed yesterday for 16 months after admitting in Oxford Crown Court to meeting a child following sexual grooming, the Daily Mail said.

The court heard how the girl's parents had noticed their daughter chatting on Facebook in the family living room. The mother took over the laptop and and saw Gibbs had commented on the girl's profile picture, saying he wanted to kiss her. He also wrote: "I really like you" and "I want to meet you". After notifying police, the woman and her husband continued to chat online with Gibbs for a week, posing as their daughter.



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