Grooming Case Study


What Happened?

Tomas Speed, aged 19 and described as a loner, naïve and immature, began a friendship on Facebook with a 12 year old female.

He was isolated from his friends and family after 2 bereavements.

He is said to have chatted on Facebook to the young girl about bereavement and break ups before planning to meet her at his family home.

Over a 2 month period, Speed was said to have groomed her, with the conversation gradually becoming more and more sexualised.

After meeting the girl, Speed took pictures and videos of sex acts.

The girl’s mother found the images on the girl’s phone.


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