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50-year-old Nigerian man convicted for the rape and sexual assault of 12-year-old girl he befriended online

A 50-year-old Nigerian man has been convicted for the rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl he befriended online.

Simon Owoade of St Anselms Road, Hayes, pleaded guilty on Monday, December 3, at Harrow Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced in January 2019.

A further two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years that Owoade admitted to were left to lie on file.

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:

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“I would like to praise the victim for her courage in speaking to officers and providing vital evidence to prosecute Owoade, who 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 is still very much a live enquiry. 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.”

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“Between 2006 and 2008, Owoade was employed as a PCSO with the Met Police, working within the Osterley and Spring Grove Safer Neighbourhood Teams. 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.”

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