March 2011

Bicester Facebook fiend groomed girl, 13

Parents have been urged to monitor their children’s online lives after a man seduced a 13-year-old girl on Facebook before meeting her in a hotel.

Kier Luke, 36, communicated with the teenager through the website and phone texts before they went to the cinema and spent the night together.

He worked at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, in Sheep Street, Bicester, when he met the girl, who cannot be identified.

Luke, of Holly Close, Bicester, was convicted by a jury of meeting a child following sexual grooming and making indecent images of children and was jailed for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

He was also given a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order and must sign the sex offenders’ register for a decade.

The meeting, at the Cromwell Hotel in Banbury, took place on November 16, 2009, and the indecent images – which were not of the girl – had been downloaded between July 2004 and November 2009.

Sally Mealing-McLeod, prosecuting, said: “The initial approach came from the defendant. He indicated that this relationship would have carried on had it not been found out by her friends telling the assistant headmistress.”

She said police found text and Facebook messages that “were clearly of a sexual nature”, including one from Luke saying “I could take all your clothes off”.

Ms Mealing-McLeod added: “The actions of the defendant are typical of someone who is grooming.

“It appears he still doesn’t accept he did anything wrong, which is worrying.”