Predatory paedophile who groomed two girls on social media jailed for twelve years

Tuesday 08th October 2019 19:33 EDT

A paedophile groomed two girls on social media before meeting them and sexually abusing them, a court heard.

Dewan Gazi, 22, met a 12-year-old girl in her own home before raping her, and he took a 15-year-old girl to his home and sexually abused her.

The abuse of the 12-year-old came to light after her mother found her dancing half naked in her bedroom, with a mobile phone propped up to film herself.

When they discussed their disparity in age, Gazi, from Blackley, told the girl that 'age is just a number'.

After meeting the 15-year-old girl the first time, she told Gazi that she had searched on the internet and found that the age of consent was 16, and she was concerned she might get in trouble.

In statements read to the court, the 12-year-old girl said that she feels anxious going outside, and feels angry towards Gazi.

The 15-year-old said that she has self harmed, and had suicidal feelings.

Gazi pleaded guilty to 13 offences. The offences were one count of sexual communication with a child, two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming, one count of sexually assaulting of a child, one count of the rape of a child, four counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of assault by penetration, two counts of taking an indecent image of a child and one count of distributing an indecent image of a child.

Gazi was ordered to sign the sex offender's register for life.

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