‘Grooming’ a child is not an offence itself. A sexual communication with a child (under 16 years) is an offence, as is travelling to meet a child after communication with the intention of committing a sexual offence at some future point. Inappropriate communications with a child, such as over social media, can often amount to inciting sexual activity in a child.
These allegations often arise in the context of a vigilante sting operation, and there is more detail on that topic here.
We understand that these are serious allegations that can have an immediate and profound effect on your reputation, employment and family. If you face a police interview or investigation, or if you have to go to court, then you should urgently seek expert legal advice.
Early intervention can often make a significant difference. If you have not yet received legal advice or if you have had the duty solicitor and you want ongoing expert assistance, support and representation then contact us now.
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