Police warn parents after man is jailed for child sex abuse

PUBLISHED: 15:24 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 06 May 2010

POLICE have issued a warning to parents after a 34-year-old man was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in jail for child sex abuse charges after targeting his victims via chatrooms on the internet. One of those victims was a 15-year-old girl he picked up i

POLICE have issued a warning to parents after a 34-year-old man was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in jail for child sex abuse charges after targeting his victims via chatrooms on the internet.

One of those victims was a 15-year-old girl he picked up in St Albans after grooming her on the internet.

Richard Kloss, from Horley, Surrey, appeared at St Albans Crown Court today (Wednesday) where as well as the prison sentence, he was placed on the sex offenders' register for life. He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order of 15 years.

The court heard how Kloss had incited his child victims to expose themselves and via webcam engage in sexual activity.

His 'grooming' culminated in him meeting a 15-year-old girl in St Albans, taking her to his home, committing numerous sexual offences against her and recording their sexual activity when she was dressed in her school uniform.

In November last year, Kloss pleaded guilty to two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming, three counts of sexual activity with a child, four counts of taking indecent photos of a child and four counts of possession of indecent photos.

In passing sentence, Judge Plumstead said: "Mr Kloss is a predatory paedophile who has gone out of his way to search out young girls to abuse."

Detective Inspector Paul Doran from the Paedophile Investigation Unit said: "This individual was of particular concern to us as analysis of his profile by our specialist officers indicated his affinity to commit the most heinous of offences.

"Kloss does not fit the stereotypical paedophile image. He was a good-looking man in his 30s, slim and smartly dressed and was holding down a good job. His behaviour has been appalling.

"The public can be assured that this type of individual is few and far between but a dedicated team of officers are proactively investigating those who aspire to commit such crime."

Now the Herts Police Paedophile Investigation Unit responsible for arresting and successfully charging Kloss are warning parents that a child's bedroom can be the wrong place for a computer.

Instead, they suggest they should be in communal areas of the home where parents can exercise control and see whom their children are talking to online.

Parents should also try to keep up to date with chat slang and should remind their children that on no account should they give out personal details, photographs of themselves or information that could identify them, when talking in chatrooms.

Even a photo of someone on the internet can be a fake and a youngster should never arrange to meet someone they have only met on the internet without getting permission from their parents.

Herts Police have set up a website to help both parents and children with advice on how to stay safe when using the internet and chatrooms. It's at http://www.herts.police.uk/chatright/index.htm

Another national site with information can be found at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

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