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Man who groomed two girls jailed
Friday 1st March, 2013

A man who groomed two teenage girls has been jailed.

Paul Alex Francis Wallace (31/08/1954), of Appley Bridge, Wigan, was found guilty of grooming, making indecent photographs of a child and sexual activity with a child in relation one victim and grooming and taking indecent images of his second victim. He was also found guilty of possessing an indecent image of a child and attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

At Liverpool Crown Court today, Friday 1 March 2013, he was sentenced to 12 years.

An investigation into his contact with underage girls over the internet was initially launched by Lancashire Constabulary.

Information was passed to detectives in Wigan and his house was searched in August 2011.

A number of electronic items, including computers and phones were examined.

Information recovered showed he had been in regular contact with a young girl in Bedford and had exchanged sexual messages.

He was arrested on 5 April 2012 by officers from Bedfordshire Police.

Further items were recovered and examined and a number of indecent images were found. Messages were recovered relating to another victim and he was further arrested by officers from GMP’s Sexual Crime Unit in August 2012.

The subsequent investigation found that he initiated contact with this victim who is now aged 15, when she was 13 years old.

The pair began chatting over the internet and via text message.

He told her that he had a lot of money and an Aston Martin.

They first met shortly before her 14th birthday and he gave her money for that and her subsequent birthday.

They met on numerous occasions and after several meetings together he first had sex with her on an airbed in the back of his van. On one occasion he collected her in his Aston Martin and took her to a flat in Wigan.

Wallace also took numerous videos of the victim while they were having sex.

Detective Constable Ceri Martin, from the Sexual Crime Unit, said: “Wallace was a wealthy and successful businessman but hidden beneath this veneer of respectability was a groomer with a penchant for teenage girls.

“He is a predatory paedophile who displayed classic grooming behaviour, scouring the internet and befriending young girls. He offered a listening ear and made them feel special, so much so that they began consensual relationships with him.

“He manipulated them simply for his own sexual gratification and has now been jailed for his appalling offences.

“Policing the internet is an impossible task but GMP and other police forces across the UK work tirelessly to identify and bring to just sex offenders but we also need help of parents and guardians to make sure they are vigilant about who their child is talking to and what websites they are visiting.”

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