Stables worker paedophile from Bexley jailed for 15 months after targeting 14-year-old girl
A Bexley pervert who used his position as a stables worker to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old-girl has been jailed for 15 months.
Patrick Michael Bradfield, 31, of Vicarage Road, targeted his victim at the stables where he worked.
The 14-year-old girl received suggestive text messages from Bradfield over the course of 2014.
Bradfield was fully aware of the girl’s age and continued to groom the victim, convincing her that he was in love with her.
In October of that year, their relationship became sexual and Bradfield ensured it would remain secret by asking her to conspire with her friends to cover for her while she skipped school so they could spend time together.
It was uncovered when someone else using the stables became concerned about the pair’s behaviour. Police were informed and Bradfield was arrested.
Bradfield tried to deny the grooming by saying it was not sexual, but it became clear the extent of the grooming once his phone was analysed by the police.
It showed how he had pursued the girl over a period of time, using sexually motivated messages.
He pleaded guilty in court and was jailed for 15 months at Inner London Crown Court