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American Tourist Groomed And Abducted Cornish Schoolgirl

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6:48am 8th October 2014
(Updated 6:48am 8th October 2014)

An American tourist abducted a Cornish schoolgirl after grooming her online.

David Telles has admitted flying over to meet the fourteen year old, then taking her to a hotel in Exeter.

The pair had swapped a series of messages over the net before the 38 year old flew in from his home in Peasanton, California.

Police launched a four day search when the girl was reported missing from her home in Launceston. They found her after raiding a hotel near Exeter airport.

The judge has warned him he is facing a prison sentence next month after pleading guilty to grooming, abduction and sexual activity with a child.

Judge Francis Gilbert said: "He will be receiving a sentence of such length he will be deported automatically when he is released."

Three Things to Tell your Children About Online Grooming...

Experts say there are some simple messages to make sure our children stay safe online:

  • Explain that personal information (name, address, phone number, school, arrnagements for meeting with friends etc.) should never be given out online to anyone the child doesn't know offline.
  • Explain that once a picture has been posted online it can be copied and shared with other people if you delete it. That means being careful about the sort of photographs and information that gets put up.
  • Explain that some people lie online and that it is never too late to tell someone if something happens that makes them feel uncomfortable.
6:48am 8th October 2014

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