A Stockport man who groomed a 12-year-old girl via an internet chatroom before abducting and sexually abusing her has been jailed for four years
Bradley Fuller,24,of Beacon Road, was 23-years-old when he began talking to the girl online.
Today at Stoke Crown Court he was sentenced after pleading guilty to abducting a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of sexual activity with a child.
Fuller has also been issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years and has been forced to sign the sex offenders register for life.
In December 2017, Fuller targeted the girl, who was using an internet chatroom to talk about My Little Ponies, before beginning to converse with her on Facebook and via text messages.
He used a fake Facebook profile with a girl’s name so friends would not suspect anything.
The conversations came to the attention of a police force in the south west after a friend of the girl who saw the messages informed her school’s safeguarding officer.
Fuller was arrested in May 2018 and his phone confiscated, which was found to contain sexually explicit messages and images.
Despite his arrest, Fuller was unfazed and, after being released under investigation, arranged to meet the girl and took her to a hotel, where he sexually abused her.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Kindness from GMP’s Stockport Phoenix Team said: “Fuller took advantage of an impressionable young girl for his own perverted gratification.
“He manipulated her into engaging in sexual conversations and exchanging indecent images.
“When Fuller saw that the net was closing on him, he took the unfathomable decision to abduct the girl – luring her away from family before sexually abusing her.
“This was a shocking case and we are thankful that he is now behind bars.
“We hope that today’s sentencing gives the girl and her family some closure on their terrible ordeal and they can move forward with their lives.”