Published On: Fri, Nov 14th, 2014 on 2:51 pm

Bradford man who groomed girls online jailed for 32 months

Andrew Garth Mugshot

Image courtesy: Cumbria Constabulary

A man from Queensbury who groomed girls over the internet has been jailed for 32 months.

Andrew Garth, 60, from Hainsworth Moor Drive, Queensbury, was caught in an operation by Cumbria Police, in which an undercover officer posed as a 14-year-old-girl online.

She and Garth had sexually explicit conversations on a dating website, before arranging to meet in Whitehaven, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

After Garth’s arrest in May, it emerged he had been grooming girls aged between 13 and 15 via a social networking site.

Garth admitted 17 counts of attempting to incite a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity.

He also pleaded guilty to a single count of trying to meet a girl under 16 following grooming.

On his release after 32 months, Garth will be subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, which will restrict his use of the internet.

Det Supt Rob O’Connor from Cumbria Constabulary said: “We undertake these operations to protect young people who use the internet and social media.

“I hope that Garth’s arrest and sentence acts as a deterrent to those who try to use the internet to engage in illegal sexual activity.”

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