Jail for East Ham man who groomed ‘vulnerable’ teen for sex

Frank Faulkner

Frank Faulkner - Credit: MPS

A man who admitted to grooming an underage girl, who was found in his flat by police, has been jailed for 16 months.

Frank Faulkner, 23, struck up an online friendship with the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – despite her telling him she was only 14 at the time.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how the pair would keep in touch via text. When she was reported missing earlier this year police become involved,

She was found at Faulkner’s flat in Grosvenor Road, East Ham, and taken home. Police later arrested Faulkner on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

Det Con Jon Knox said: “Faulkner abused a friendship with a vulnerable young girl. Despite knowing her age, he continued to meet with her and invited her into his home.

“No girl should have to go through this abuse of trust.”

Faulkner was charged in May and pleaded guilty to the offence last month. On Friday, he was handed a three year sexual harm prevention order in addition to his jail term.

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Det Con Knox added: “This case highlights the importance of engaging with children and knowing who they are contacting online.

“We remain dedicated to tracking down those individuals who target children.”