Convicted paedophile groomed girl he met on TikTok to fulfil his sick desires

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A convicted paedophile convinced a teenage girl to perform sexual acts after befriending her on TikTok.

Dante Ingham-Masters was branded a dangerous offender by a judge after grooming the girl online to fulfil his sick sexual desires. His victim was left suffering PTSD and feeling unable to trust people.

The 27-year-old was already subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and has now been jailed after a jury found him guilty of causing a child to watch a sexual act and of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, the Manchester Evening News reports. After being arrested, Ingham-Marsters admitted speaking with the girl, but said that the conversations were not sexual in nature.

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Minshull Crown Court heard that Ingham-Marsters, of Bollin Avenue, Bowdon, originally made contact with the girl – who was under 16 – on social media app TikTok and used other social media sites to speak to her. She watched him perform a sexual act on at least two occasions and incited her to engage in two separate sexual acts, on at least three occasions each.

In a victim statement, the girl said the incidents made her feel ‘emotionally abused’ and that she can no longer trust anyone. She also said that she suffers with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a result.

Defending, Max Saffman described the case as ‘very difficult to mitigate after a trial’. He made reference to Ingham-Marsters’ ‘immaturity’ and said that he has’ difficulties forming relationships with those his own age’. Mr Saffman added that Ingham-Marsters ‘gravitates towards’ teenage girl, but stressed that there was ‘no physical contact’ between him and the victim.

Judge Bernadette Baxter deemed Ingham-Marsters as a ‘dangerous’ offender and passed an ‘extended sentence’. She said: “The jury rejected your denials and clearly accepted [the victim’s] evidence, as do I.

“Her victim personal statement makes it clear that your offending has had a detrimental impact on her; affecting her self-confidence and her trust in people. Luckily she has the support of her loving family.”

Ingham-Marsters was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years. He will also spend an additional two years on extended licence following his eventual release. Due to the dangerous offender classification, he will spend at least two-thirds of his sentence in jail, before being considered for parole. Upon his release, he will spend the rest of his sentence, as well as an extra two years on extended licence.

The judge added: “Sadly, you have a history of this type of offending. In 2015, you were jailed for 33 months for two offences of sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. You also have eight convictions for breaching a SHPO. In my judgement, these offences demonstrate that you are a predatory sex offender. You have previous convictions and are repeatedly breaking the terms of the SHPO you are subject to.

“You are always on the lookout for a sexual opportunity. You identify young or vulnerable victims online, you pre-plan and have little or no internal controls to check your sexual impulses. In my judgement, these factors clearly demonstrate that you meet the test for a dangerous offender and there is a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public from you.”

Following his sentence, Ingham-Marsters will be subject to a SHPO and will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period of time.


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