Lincoln student accused of ‘grooming’ young girls

Update: George McClelland has been found guilty of three charges of meeting a child after sexual grooming, and has been cleared on one further charge of the same. He will be sentenced later this month. For more, see The Lincolnshire Echo.

A student from the University of Lincoln is in court alleged to have ‘groomed’ teenage girls through Bebo, a social networking site.

George McClelland, aged 25, denies the four charges of meeting a child following sexual grooming, which are alleged to have happened between March and June last year.

He is alleged to have contacted teenage girls through the site, and to have started conversations of a sexual nature with them. Julie Warburton, the prosecutor, said he had contacted girls aged 13, 14, and 15.

Miss Warburton said that Mr McClelland had asked one girl “for her bra size and how many guys she had been with.”

She also said he had travelled to Boston and Sleaford to meet girls he had contacted online.

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