Sexual predator who posed as Zoella jailed for eight years

This story is horrific

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Serving as a reminded of how important it is to be safe on the internet and to REALLY know who you're talking to, a sexual predator who posed online pretending to be Zoella has been jailed for eight years.

David Harmes, 20, of Regent Street, Ellesmere Port, posed as the YouTuber and blogger to groom young girls and later admitted to 25 offences against 24 victims between the ages of 8 and 18. He allegedly asked for four further offences to be taken into consideration.

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According to Cheshire police, the man also posed as a modelling agent and one of the members of Bars and Melody, before contacting his victims over Skype. He never met up with any of his victims.

The offences include causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, as well as making and distributing indecent images of a child.

DC Simon Ledger of Cheshire Police told Sky News: "Harmes duped young girls into thinking they were talking to people they looked up to and in some cases posed as a modelling agency representative so that he could manipulate them for his own pleasure.

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"It is a timely reminder that while the internet is an amazing tool, it has a darker side which we need to be mindful of and shows just how imperative it is that parents are aware of the sites their children are accessing and who they are communicating with.

"People like Harmes have no qualms with using the internet to their own perverse means."

Be careful on the internet guys: if you don't 100 per cent know who you're talking to, always be wary - and if in doubt, BLOCK.

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