A child groomer who was arrested by Surrey Police officers after a concerned parent raised the alarm has been jailed for a total of four years and eight months.
An investigation by the Force’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) led to Damian Grove being sentenced at Preston Crown Court, having earlier pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to online grooming.
Officers swiftly arrested Grove at Thorpe Park in Chertsey on March 16, 2013 following a call from a suspicious mother. She had seen a photo of her son on Facebook at the theme park with Grove, who she did not know, and raised the alarm.
Grove, 46, of Central Drive, Blackpool was tracked down while still in the park and arrested. His car was searched and a mobile phone and laptop were recovered and examined, which revealed the full extent of his online offending.
It was discovered he had been using the internet chat programme Skype to communicate with boys as young as 11 while pretending to be a teenage girl. During those conversations he incited them to engage in sexual activity which he recorded. He also conspired with others online.
Officers found in excess of 350 recordings showing young boys, which all related to the use of the recording software.
Most of the victims had been recorded on one or two separate occasions. Officers were able to establish there had been contact with at least 10 victims, to which the charges relate.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jon Merry said: “Damian Grove has proved he is a predatory paedophile who the public can rest assured is behind bars.”