Adam Cooke – Edgbaston

August 2019

Pervert jailed after he groomed 15-year-old schoolgirl on Instagram and Snapchat

pervert groomed a 15-year-old schoolgirl online, sending her an indecent photograph and a series of explicit messages.

Adam Cooke also requested scantily clad pictures of the teenager and asked her inappropriate questions of a sexual nature.

The 23-year-old initially contacted the girl via Instagram, later moving the conversations over to Snapchat as “the messages would be deleted”.

He continued to groom the teen for weeks until she eventually met up with him in Wolverhampton, where they shared an “awkward” conversation and a cuddle.

But he was outed when the victim and her mother had a conversation about the dangers of grooming, which resulted in the young girl confessing she had received the messages, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

When the victim’s mother heard Cooke’s name, she remembered he hit the headlines in 2015 when he was handed a community order for inciting children to engage in sexual activity, possessing indecent images of children and taking indecent photographs of children.

She brought up news articles to show her daughter, who confirmed it was the same man after logging on to Instagram and comparing photographs.

Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that Cooke had contacted the girl in April this year and was aware of her age.

Cooke later sent her an indecent picture on Snapchat and asked for pictures of her in her underwear in return – a request she refused.

Cooke tried to coax her into sending images, telling her ‘it’s just me’ – but the girl then decided to block him on social media.

More messages of a sexual nature were sent by Cooke to the girl, who built up the courage to tell him to ‘f**k off’ after the conversation with her mother.

Cooke, of Carlyle Road, Edgbaston, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after he admitted he had caused or incited a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity and breached the conditions of a sexual harm prevention order.

Recorder Stuart Sprawson told him he would serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for release and see out the remainder of his term on licence.

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