Uxbridge man who groomed children on Facebook jailed for eight years

An online predator who groomed underage girls in an attempt to meet them for sex has been jailed for eight years, police said.

Mohamed Mohamoud, of Uxbridge, contacted the children on Facebook, asking for their phone numbers and offering them drugs, alcohol and shopping trips to have sex with them.

The 31-year-old was found guilty of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to incite a child to commit sexual activity at Isleworth Crown Court on March 20, Scotland Yard said.

The charges relate to three girls, who were aged 14 or 15 when Mohamoud chatted with them in 2015 and 2016.

None of the three met with Mohamoud (pictured), who was branded a “danger to youngsters” by police.

A high school teacher in Hayes, west London, alerted police after one of the girls told her about the messages.

Detective Constable Mike Evans, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “Mohamoud’s sentence demonstrates how serious these offences are, and the Met’s commitment to the investigation of online abuse towards young people.

“By speaking to the police and providing their evidence, the three female victims have helped to ensure this man, who is a danger to youngsters, cannot harm anyone else while he remains behind bars.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that further information on how their children can stay safe online is available on the following websites: The Met, Childline, NHS Choices, CEOP.”

Mohamoud, who was arrested in July 2016, showed no remorse and attempted to blame others for his actions, police said.

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