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Craig McGuire from Leicestershire jailed for grooming girls

Craig McGuire
Image caption Craig McGuire sent the girls clothes, perfume, flowers and vouchers

A Leicestershire man has been jailed after he admitted a series of offences against teenage girls.

Craig McGuire, 37, from The Coppice in Narborough, admitted 18 offences of grooming, possessing indecent images of children and voyeurism.

Police said McGuire had posed online as a teenage boy to contact up to 200 girls and then encouraged some of these to perform sex acts.

At Birmingham Crown Court he was jailed for six years.

Officers said McGuire had struck up a relationship with four girls aged 13-15 , talking to them on a regular basis online and via text message.

He also sent them gifts such as clothes, perfume, flowers and vouchers.

investigating officer Det Cons Louisa Letts said: "He thought he had covered his tracks well, ensuring that he didn't use his own name or image, but what he didn't realise was how adept police are at dealing with these kinds of crimes.

"This was an incredibly detailed investigation where officers spoke to young girls from across the country and found details for international youngsters also."

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