Jail sentence for Facebook groomer

Alan Spragg
Alan Spragg

A FATHER has been jailed for four years after grooming young girls on Facebook and performing a sex act with one aged 14.

Alan Spragg, 25, of Pond Street, Carnforth, was told he will also serve a further four years on licence.

A Preston Crown Court yesterday, Spragg was also given a Sexual Offence Prevention Order, which bans him from working with children for life and means he must sign the sex offenders’ register.

The court heard the lurid details of Spragg’s relationships with three girls, two aged 14 and one 13.

Spragg had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual grooming, as well as further charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sexual activity with a child.

In front of a full public gallery, including several members of Spragg’s family, prosecutor Hilary Banks read out graphic details of his relationship with a 14-year-old.

The court was told the girl was not worried about allowing herself to be added to Spragg’s Facebook, and told him from the outset she was 14.

Spragg first claimed to be 20, before later telling the girl his real age.

The court heard how the pair had a relationship in secret and met several times including at his home.

Spragg was arrested on November 9 after the offences came to light when his former partner, with whom he has a child, found messages between him and young girls on Facebook.

Miss Banks told the court the defendant was frank in police interview about the nature of the relationship.

He told police he originally met the girl just “to talk and stuff” and play PlayStation. It then developed into “kisses and cuddles” before taking on a sexual nature.

Spragg was bailed following his arrest but went on to groom another girl, who had earlier also been to his home, and the court was read explicit extracts from a Facebook conversation, breaching his bail conditions. Around the same time he had similar exchanges with the third girl.

He was then arrested again on January 13 and charged by police.

Defending Spragg, Simon Christie said: “The most serious allegations come from the defendant’s own admissions.

“He, his family and friends want his problem dealt with, and he has been open and frank about seeking assistance.”