Man who used Facebook to groom and have sex with a child convicted

A 35-year-old man who used Facebook to groom a 14-year-old girl has been convicted at the Old Bailey.

Steven Clive, 35, of Snipe Close, Erith pleaded guilty on 18th March 2013, to one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Steven Clive

He will be sentenced on 2nd May 2013.

Clive was arrested on 14th July 2011 at his home address in Erith. During the summer of 2011, he used Facebook to groom the 14-year-old girl. He masked his identity with a pseudonym to reduce suspicion and develop his relationship with the victim.

Clive met with the victim in southeast London on several occasions to engage in sexual intercourse with her. The victim confided in a friend which resulted in the police becoming involved.

Detective Constable Chris Hammond of the MPS Sapphire Command said: “Steven Clive is a predatory paedophile who has targeted a vulnerable young girl to satisfy his own sexual needs. The MPS is dedicated to protecting the public from sexual predators and encourage victims to come forward. They will be fully supported by specially trained officers.”

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Thomas of the MPS Sapphire Command said: “The victim was targeted, groomed and exploited by Clive. This crime again shows how the internet and social media can be used by paedophiles to snare their victims. This conviction will provide reassurance that we will relentlessly pursue those who commit these dreadful crimes against children.”