A former Police officer who used Facebook and other social media sites looking for vulnerable young girls has been jailed for rape and other sex offences.
Mohammed Arshad raped at least one 14 year old girl in his Mercedes vehicle and sexually abused eleven others after grooming them online.
The 35 year old was convicted of 17 charges following his trial at St Albans Crown Court, including nine counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three charges of sexual activity with a child and two charges for meeting a child following sexual grooming.
He would try and impress his victims by taking them on a cruise around Luton in his Mercedes wearing his black police shirt and trousers.
Arshad would then beg all his victims for sex and raped one 14-year-old girl in the back seat of his car.
Prosecutor James Newton-Price told the jury: ‘He flattered girls and complimented them and sent sexually suggestive messages.’
‘Some of the girls liked the attention and may have been flattered, but if they are under 16 it doesn’t matter.’
‘Most refused his sexual advances. Some thought it was a joke.’
Sentencing Arshad, Judge Jonathan Carroll told him: “Between 2009 and 2013 you actively and obsessively engaged in harvesting young 13 to 16 girls’ data from various social media sites.”
He also said that Arshad lied about his age to the victims and later used his position as a police officer to impress his victims.
Judge Jonathan Carroll handed the former Luton Constable a jail term of 15 years with an eight-year extended sentence.
This means he will be supervised by probation officer on his release until the year 2039.
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “This case shows how vigilant we must all be when it comes to social media and protecting our young people from harm.