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Paedophile rapper who groomed girls on social media given 16-year jail term

Published 29/07/2016

The 28-year-old was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court
The 28-year-old was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court

A paedophile rapper who groomed schoolgirls on social media before filming himself having sex with them has been jailed for 16 years.

Daniel Rodriguez, also known as Grymey D, used Instagram, Facebook and Blackberry Messenger to contact girls who he invited to his home.

Videos found on devices in his bedroom at his parents' house showed Rodriguez engaging in sex with young girls.

The 28-year-old of Hackney, north London, had a goatee beard and wore a casual shirt with his long hair in a plait during the sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday.

Sentencing him for 15 counts, Judge Joanna Greenberg QC said he deliberately targeted "vulnerable and impressionable" young girls in order to carry out "deviant sexual fantasies".

In one encounter, Rodriguez filmed himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl who had arrived at his house wearing her school uniform.

Judge Greenberg told him: "Your modus operandi makes it clear to me that your desire for them was because they were young girls."

She added: "Your expressions of remorse ring hollow."

The judge pointed out that many victims of crimes like these "feel a life-long degradation and shame", and added : "You do present a significant risk of causing serious psychological harm to young girls."

She told him: "You cannot have failed to be aware just how seriously the sexual exploitation of children is dealt with."

Judge Greenberg said there were seven victims and Rodriguez was sentenced for 15 counts - five counts of sexual activity with a child, five counts of making indecent photographs, one count of sexual assault, one count of attempting to coerce a girl to engage in sexual activity, and three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Edward Lucas, counsel for the prosecution, said on Thursday: "This defendant is predatory. He preyed on young, vulnerable girls around the ages of 13 to 15. He used his experience, charm and his guile and ultimately his force - his force of personality - to indulge in his own perverted activities."

Defence counsel Charles Evans said Rodriguez "certainly did not appreciate the gravity of what he was doing" and was "absolutely stunned" when he learnt of the seriousness of the offences.

Judge Greenberg said "he must be blind and living as a hermit" to have missed news of similar cases involving high-profile celebrities and that he may just have been unable to help himself.

Rodriguez was caught when detectives examined the phone of a 14-year-old girl and found messages suggesting he was in a sexual relationship with her.

She told officers he had first contacted her on Instagram when she was 13, and she was 14 when she visited his home, where he engaged in sexual activity with her on her second visit.

On one occasion, the girl went with a friend, also 14, and Rodriguez engaged in sexual activity with both of them.

Following his arrest on August 27 last year, officers seized and searched his phone, Blackberry and several USB drives, and found videos of Rodriguez having sex with four of the victims - three aged 14 and one aged 15.

He groomed his victims by complimenting their appearance on social media, telling them he loved them and inviting them to his home before regularly having sex with them.

Another girl, aged 15, did not want to be interviewed by police but Rodriguez admitted creating an indecent image of her.

An NSPCC spokesman said: "Daniel Rodriguez committed appalling offences towards vulnerable young people, and his deplorable activities have highlighted yet again the dangers young people face online from grooming by predators.

"His actions are likely to have a profound effect on his victims for years to come."

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