In another reminder of the perils of social media, a police officer has been found guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old girl from Cornwall he befriended on social media.
He was found guilty at Truro Crown Court of three counts of sexual activity with a child, but not guilty of three counts of rape. He made the 400-mile round trip journey to the girl’s home twice, having tracked her down using Snapchat maps (a good reason not to use this facility). The girl was said to have “significant personal problems” which Drummond then exploited. Devastated, she has since attempted to take her own life.
Drummond, of Three Mile Cross, Berkshire, was jailed for eight years.
Commenting on the sentencing of Peter Drummond at Truro Crown Court, an NSPCC spokeswoman for the South West of England says:
“Drummond relentlessly pursued his underage victim on social media, tracking her whereabouts so that he could satisfy his sexual desires. His actions will have a long-lasting impact on the teenage girl involved, who has bravely spoken out to ensure he is unable to target other vulnerable young people in this way. Not enough is being done to protect children online and we’re campaigning for social networks to offer safe accounts for children and proactively search for, and stop, child grooming on their platforms.
The NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign is demanding that the Government make the internet safe for young people by regulating social networks. Supporters can join our campaign here.
The Wild West Web campaign is calling on Government to:
- Create a tough regulator to hold social networks to account.
- Require social networks to publish reports outlining the scale of risks on their sites.
- Force social networks to take proactive steps to tackle grooming.”
Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free and confidential advice on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk
Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or childline.org.uk 24/7, 365 days a year, and speak to a counsellor about a worry or concern they may have.