Man Sentenced For Grooming And Sex Assault

10 January 2013, 18:08 | Updated: 10 January 2013, 18:13

A man's been found guilty of grooming and assaulting a twelve year old girl who he met on Blackberry messenger...

36-year-old Adrian Rose, an Army Reservist of Rochester Drive in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, denied eight charges of rape, five charges of abduction and one charge of grooming but was convicted by a jury at Norwich Crown Court.

On Sunday 19 February 2012 police approached Rose when he was parked up in his car with the girl, aged 12, on Broadland Business Park in Norwich. The officers wanted to make checks on the vehicle due to the appearance of its number plates and windows, but when they found the girl inside they spoke to her and Rose.

The officers were concerned that she was alone with him without her parents' knowledge, and when he lied about her age they decided to remove her from the car and take her home. During this journey the girl said that she had been in a sexual relationship with Rose after having met him through Blackberry Messenger.

Rose was circulated as wanted and was arrested by police in Southend that evening. He had already washed the clothing he had been wearing when stopped in Norwich.

Further inquiries established Rose had lied about his age and the girl had told him her real age, and he had given her a Valentine's card and presents.

On Monday 7 January 2013 Rose was charged at court and stood trial. Following today's guilty verdicts he will be sentenced on Friday 1 February 2013.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steve Graves, said: "The victim in this case is a very shattered young girl, but she is determined to get on with her life. Rose is a predator who has denied his actions throughout, which meant the girl had to relive the traumatic events which have happened to her in order to bring him to justice. She and her family have received support from police and will continue to do so, and I commend her bravery in giving evidence.

"Rose's offending was stopped by a combination of old-fashioned policing and hard work that involved a number of police forces and I would like to thank those officers involved from Norfolk, Essex, Hampshire and the Royal Military Police. The officers who stopped Rose in Norwich have received a Judge's Commendation.

"Rose can expect to spend a considerable amount of time in prison for his crimes and we await his sentencing."