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Man jailed for child sex offences

News   •   Jan 17, 2019 16:11 GMT

[Jailed: Simon Owoade]

A man who admitted raping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he befriended online has been jailed.

Simon Owoade, 50 (15.10.68) of St Anselms Road, Hayes, was sentenced to nine years and 10 months’ imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 17 January after pleading guilty to:

- Rape of a child under 13 years, contrary to Sec 5(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003;
- Assault of a child under 13 years by penetration, contrary to Sec 6(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003;
- Sexual assault of a child under 13 years, contrary to Section 7(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003;
- Three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978.

He admitted the charges on 3 December 2018, at the same court.

Owoade has also been placed on the sexual offenders register for life.

Between 1 June and late July 2017, Owoade made contact with the victim through a social media messaging site.

Following numerous messages, Owoade managed to persuade the victim to meet him in London and Potters Bar on a number of occasions. He would take her to various places including car parks and hotels where he would sexually assault her.

Owoade shared pornographic material with the victim and the girl was encouraged to share naked photos of herself.

In July 2017, the victim stopped communicating with Owoade, but in April 2018 he texted her asking to meet up because he missed her. They met up numerous times until 18 May, when the matter was reported to police by the victim's parents.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command said: “Owoade used his social media profile to gain the victim's trust, share intimate photos, and then use those images to coerce her into sexual activity. This was predatory offending, committed against a young, vulnerable victim. I would like to praise the victim for her courage in speaking to officers and providing vital evidence to prosecute Owoade.

"We are aware that Owoade had links with some charities who he involved himself with as a volunteer. This of course may have put him in direct contact with vulnerable people. It is very possible he has committed offences against others and I would appeal to anyone with information or concerns to contact police. Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence and we have specialist officers to support victims through the process."

Between 2006 and 2008, Owoade was employed as a PCSO with the Met, working within the Osterley and Spring Grove Safer Neighbourhoodsteams. We have received no reports of any offences being committed in his capacity as a PCSO and Owoade left the organisation of his own volition in 2008.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command on 020 7161 9798 or alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.