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Online groomer Geoffrey Dunwell jailed for abusing girl, 14

Geoffrey Dunwell, 48 Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Geoffrey Dunwell, 48, groomed his victim online before abusing her on several occasions in Ossett and Dewsbury

A man who sexually abused a 14-year-old girl he groomed online has been jailed for six years.

Geoffrey Dunwell, 48, of Goose Lane, York, groomed her before carrying out sex assaults in Ossett and Dewsbury, West Yorkshire Police said.

At Leeds Crown Court, he was convicted of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and cleared of an eighth.

Det Cons Aidy Cowan praised the courage of his victim for disclosing the offences committed by Dunwell.

"Geoffrey Dunwell richly deserves his sentence for his abuse of a young and particularly vulnerable victim.

"He took advantage of and groomed his victim, who was 14 at the time, before committing several sexual offences against her.

"All the while, Dunwell was fully aware of his victim's young age.

"She showed a lot of courage in disclosing those offences to us and I hope this conviction again reaffirms the determination of officers to provide support to victims and secure justice for them."

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