Lincolnshire

Man jailed for 11 years for grooming girls

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Image caption Frost's actions had a "profound effect on his victims", Lincolnshire Police said

A man who targeted girls as young as 12 over the internet, persuading them to send indecent images of themselves, has been jailed for eleven years.

James Frost, from the Lincoln area, also supplied youngsters with cocaine and M-Cat and had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Frost, 29, used flattery, coercion and insults in his contact with the youngsters.

He was ordered to remain on the sex offenders' register for life.

Frost targeted 16 young girls aged between 12 and 17 between 2011 and August 2013.

'Indecent images'

Mark Van der Zwart, prosecuting, said Frost, who used a number of aliases online on sites such as Facebook, Skype, Snapchat and Kick, told the girls he was of similar age to them and hid his true identity by using false names and profile pictures of young boys.

The court heard he met several of them in person and would supply them with drugs as a way to get them to engage in sexual behaviour.

Frost, of no fixed address but originally living in the village of Witham St Hughs, near Lincoln, admitted seven charges of inciting child pornography and five charges of causing child pornography.

He also admitted sexual activity with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act, inciting a child to engage in a sexual act and possession of an indecent photograph of a child.

Frost pleaded guilty to 13 charges of supplying drugs, including cocaine, ketamine and cannabis.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath told him: "On any view this is a very serious case.

"You supplied drugs to seven of those girls. You had sexual intercourse with one of them and you incited or caused 11 of those girls to send you indecent images of themselves.

"You groomed or sought to groom all of them to a varying extent and used a variety of methods."

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