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Icelandic internet groomer jailed
Gudni Snaebjornsson
Police found Snaebjornsson and the girl in bed together
An Icelandic man who groomed a girl over the internet before travelling to Britain to abuse her has been jailed.

Gudni Snaebjornsson, 23, from Reykjavik, pleaded guilty to sexual grooming and sexual assault after being caught with the 14-year-old in a hotel.

Police found Snaebjornsson and the girl in bed together last February.

Snaebjornsson was jailed for 16 months at Burnley Crown Court. However, he could be free within a month, having already served seven months on remand.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Byrne QC said: "The fear of men using the internet to groom young girls towards and for the purposes of sexual contact is a real fear and a real concern of modern life.

"The use of the internet to further a situation of sex with a young person will not be tolerated by our communities."

The court heard that the relationship developed over a period of a year through online chats, text messages and phone calls.

Snaebjornsson made two visits to Britain in September and December last year.

He even stayed in the family home after the girl told her mother he was a friend from a local school.

Shop assistant Snaebjornsson and the girl were traced to the Keirby Hotel in Burnley when the youngster failed to return home after telling her mother she was staying with a friend.


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