Neasden man admits sex offences against schoolgirls he met in chatrooms

Taiwo Ayotenve Benson will be sentenced on April 1

Taiwo Ayotenve Benson will be sentenced on April 1 - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A man from Neasden has admitted sex offences against girls aged 13 and 14 that he met in chatrooms or social media websites.

Taiwo Ayotenve Benson, 43, of Chartley Avenue, engaged in sexually activity with one of his victims and groomed three others using Whatsapp and Blackberry messaging services.

Harrow Crown Court heard he met a 13-year-old four times over an 18-month period to engage with sexual activity with her, bombarded all four of his victims with sexually explicit messages and tried to lure one girl into meeting him to have sex by offering her gifts including a new mobile phone.

He also forced two of his victims into watching a sexual act, harassed another, sent malicious messages to a girl and took and possessed indecent images and videos of children.

All his crimes were committed between September 1, 2014 and November 25 last year when he was arrested.

Detective Constable Rebecca Woodsford of the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: “I am pleased that Benson has been brought to justice.

“I hope it provides some comfort to his victims, and equally that it serves as a warning to those who believe the potential anonymity of the internet enables them to get away with committing such offences against children.

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“The Met takes child sexual exploitation extremely seriously. We will always investigate such allegations, and we urge victims, families and friends to speak with police if they, or any children they know, are subject to sexual exploitation.”