‘Every parents’ worst nightmare’: Sick sexual predator who targeted Manchester girls on Facebook jailed

By Dean Wilkins

A sexual predator who targeted three teenage girls over the internet was jailed at Manchester Minshull Crown Court today.

Elliot McDermott, 19, of Odessa Avenue, Salford, admitted two counts of rape, three sexual assaults and three counts of grooming was sentenced to six years in a young offenders’ institution.

His first victim was just 12 years old when he befriended her through Facebook and eventually met her at her home where he raped her across a period of three weeks.

Detective Constable Nicola Wood, of the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “Without exaggeration, McDermott is every parents’ worst nightmare.

“He trawled the internet and befriended young, vulnerable girls that he went on to rape or sexually assault.”

Two weeks after attacking his first victim, he lured a 14-year-old girl to a Swinton park after befriending her through Facebook.

He ploughed her with alcohol and engaged in sexual activity with her while she was intoxicated.

In October 2011 he engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl he again met through Facebook, befriending her and arranging to meet her in a park in Irlams O’Height where he engaged in sexual activity with her.

DC Wood added: “Some thought he cared about them but all were too young to consent to any sexual activity. A fact he knew full well but chose to ignore for his own sexual gratification.

“This has had a significant impact on all victims and their families and I hope they are reassured that he is now behind bars where he can no longer pose a threat.

“GMP will always investigate offences where young, vulnerable people are targeted and exploited compassionately and thoroughly. Victims will be dealt with by specially trained officers who can offer support and reassurance throughout the criminal justice process and beyond.

“If you or anyone you know has been a victim of an offence like this, or indeed any crime, please call us.

“I would also urge parents to be mindful of who their loved ones are interacting with over the internet and to ensure their children are fully aware of the dangers and potential consequences of befriending strangers.”

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