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Erith sexual predator Steven Clive convicted after Facebook grooming 14-year-old girl

PUBLISHED: 10:36 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:36 19 March 2013

Steven Clive

Steven Clive

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A 35-year-old Erith man has been convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old girl after grooming her on Facebook.

Steven Clive pleaded guilty to one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child at the Old Bailey yesterday. He was arrested on July 14, 2011 at his home address. During the preceding summer he used a fake name to develop a relationship with the teenager on social networking site Facebook.

Clive, of Snipe Close, met up with the girl in south-east London to have sex with the victim on several occasions. She confided in a friend who contacted the police.

Det Con Chris Hammond of the Met’s sex crime unit Sapphire said: “Steven Clive is a predatory paedophile who has targeted a vulnerable young girl to satisfy his own sexual needs.

“We are dedicated to protecting the public from sexual predators and encourage victims to come forward. They will be fully supported by specially trained officers.”

Det Ch Insp Pete Thomas added: “The victim was targeted, groomed and exploited by Clive.

“This crime again shows how the internet and social media can be used by paedophiles to snare their victims. This conviction will provide reassurance that we will relentlessly pursue those who commit these dreadful crimes against children.”

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