June 2017

A paedophile sexually abused a 14-year-old girl in Margate after grooming her online

A paedophile who travelled more than 150 miles to Margate on several occasions to sexually abuse a 14-year-old girl he had groomed online has been jailed for eight years.

Matthew Stephens, 51, of Murswell Lane in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, met the teenager on a number of occasions in 2002 after striking up a conversation on an internet chat room for young people.

He was 36 at the time but exchanged text messages and telephone calls with the girl before arranging to come to Kent where he committed numerous sexual offences against her.

Stephens was arrested on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 after his crimes were reported to Kent Police and he was subsequently charged with eight counts of indecent assault on a child, two counts of gross indecency and two other serious sexual offences.