September 2017: Eglinton has now moved to Plymouth, Devon
London paedophile escapes jail after grooming 12-year-old girl and abusing her in local park
A 26-year-old man who groomed a 12-year-old girl on Facebook, sent her sexually explicit messages and lured her into his back garden for sexual activity has escaped jail.
Matthew Eglinton, from Surbiton, south west London, pleaded guilty to inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.
He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Kingston Crown Court on Friday 18 August.
He will also be made to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.
The court heard how Eglinton met the girl in July 2016 in Surbiton and, despite knowing her age, began chatting to her via Facebook, which amounted to grooming
He encouraged her to meet him in his back garden and then in a local park. During these meetings Eglinton and the girl would kiss and cuddle.
As the grooming continued, Eglinton began to send messages of a sexually explicit nature to the girl.
By late September 2016, the girl’s parents became aware that their daughter was leaving the house at night and discovered communication between the pair.
They confronted Eglinton and ordered him to stop seeing their daughter.
Once the girl returned to school, she confided in a staff member about what had happened and police were called.
Officers went round to Eglinton’s address but he had moved out. He subsequently attended a police station and was arrested then charged.