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This 'sexual predator' posed as a teenager on Facebook so he could groom young girls

Police said Aled John Clement from Bridgend combed the social network site for victims he went on to assault in his car and home.

Aled John Clement, 21, from Bridgend, was convicted of four charges of sexual assault and jailed for four years.

South Wales Police said Clement, 21, used the pseudonym of Sam Jones and lied about his age saying he was 17 so he could deceive his victims on Facebook. 

A police spokesman said he would groom girls by making friends with them and would pounce, quickly make sexual advances.

He said that Clement would try to impress his young victims by showing them bundles of cash and would take them to restaurants in Barry and Cardiff . 

The offences took place in his car and at his home.

The force spokesman said Clement was ultimately undone by his own actions as people became suspicious, noticing his profile picture was being used under different names.

Clement had denied multiple charges, but was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

Detective Sergeant Anthony Evans said: “Posing as a 17-year-old boy, he would use online friendships to gain access to other girls and then be aggressive in his advances."

“I do hope this significant sentence serves as a deterrent to any other would-be sexual predators, but most importantly, as an effective warning to others, that there are inherent risks linked to social media platforms and networking sites."

“Children should never meet anybody in person, without knowing exactly who they are, just because they have got on when chatting online."

“They really do not know if that person is who they say they are and could potentially expose themselves to risks that can have devastating consequences.”

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