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Sexual predator of young girls sentenced at Old Bailey

A man has today (6 July 2018) been sentenced to 18 months in prison suspended for two years after pleading guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, contrary to Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

Asif Kidia, 37, of Forest Gate was sentenced at the Central Criminal Crown Court. He originally entered a not guilty plea and was due to stand trial on Thursday 7 June before he changed his plea on the morning of the trial. His Honourable Judge Hillen told Kidia at sentencing he was "clearly in denial" about his offending due to his "late plea despite the overwhelming evidence" in the case.

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The City of London Police were first alerted to Kidia’s offences when a 40-year-old female purporting to be a 15-year-old school girl on the Craigslist website presented evidence to their Public Protection Unit, a dedicated department which investigates incidents involving vulnerable individuals such as rape, child abuse and domestic abuse.

The evidence showed Kidia had posted an advert on the site requesting sexual services from “virgins” or “girls with no experience”, specifically stating “the younger the better”. The female then engaged in conversation with Kidia who attempted to arrange a meeting at the flat the female “shared with her grandma”. In the messages Kidia stated he was 28.

On the register

 

Kidia was arrested at Heathrow Airport on 23 August 2017 when he re-entered the country following a holiday with his wife and son.

The former accountant will now lose his membership from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and will be placed on the sexual offenders register. Kidia was also served with a sexual harm prevention order which prohibits him from talking to, or being in the presence of, any female under the age of 18 without supervision and from using any device capable of accessing the internet or storing digital images. Any breach of this order carries a sentence of up to five years imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Anna Rice from the City of London Police said:

“The City of London Police are committed to protecting young people both physically and online.

“We hope today’s sentencing proves how seriously we take these type of offences and deters others from committing similar acts.”

 

For further advice on protecting yourself or your family online, please visit our website.


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