January 2018

Facebook child groomer who supplied vulnerable 13-year-old with drugs jailed for four years

Child groomer Jed Milburn has been jailed for four years after supplying a vulnerable 13-year-old with drugs in the hope of sexual favours.

The 27-year-old lied about his age and used a false Facebook profile to target the girl online.

A court heard he repeatedly offered to supply the teenager with cannabis, hoping for something in return.

When she said she would bring her friend, he “agreed enthusiastically” and asked for pictures.

Milburn met the girls in Walker Park and they smoked cannabis, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Now he has been locked up after he admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming and supplying cannabis, which a judge said was for sexual advantage.

The victim said in a statement read to the court: “I thought I had found a friend and someone that cared about me.

“I felt special until I realised he was just trying to get in bed with me.

“What this taught me is the world is not all roses and lillies.

“He can’t hurt me now, he deserves everything he gets.

“I now have severe trust issues and my confidence has gone down.

“I fear I will get hurt again.

Milburn, from Benwell, Newcastle, was jailed for four years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

He was also was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “The child was 13 when you established Facebook contact with her and you used a false profile and lied about your age.

“You repeatedly offered to supply her with cannabis and it’s clear you had in mind offering her cannabis and she would offer you some sort of sexual service in return.

“She said she would bring her friend and you agreed enthusiastically and asked for pictures.

“You have caused her significant emotional harm and have destroyed the trust and confidence of a child of 13 by what you did.”

When Milburn was arrested he provided police with the wrong mobile phone to try to conceal evidence and even suggested it might have been his own brother who set up the false profile.

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