Man jailed for grooming girls for sex

A MAN who groomed two vulnerable young girls over the internet and then met them for sex has been jailed for three-years.

A SUFFOLK man who groomed two vulnerable young girls over the internet and then met them for sex has been jailed for three-years.

Patrick Burnell, 21, who was extradited from the Czech Republic to face charges had sex in his car with a 13-year-old girl from Kesgrave after first contacting the girl through a social networking site, Norwich Crown Court heard.

While under investigation for this, Burnell had already made contact with a 12-year-old girl from Suffolk who he again met through the internet. He arranged to meet her and then sexually assaulted her after giving her a lift in his car, leaving his victim in shock and crying.

A further complaint was made but Burnell fled to Prague instead of facing charges. His arrest came following a joint investigation involving Norfolk and Suffolk police.

Burnell, formerly of Bourchier Close, Hadleigh, was jailed after admitting to two offences of sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl, sexually assaulting another girl of 12 and a charge of grooming her.

Burnell was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life and made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for ten years under which he can not have unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 or work with children.

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Jonathan Morgans, mitigating, said Burnell was 19 when he committed the offences and had now matured and changed his attitude.

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