St Anne’s Sex Predator Jailed For Grooming 13-Year-Old Girl

A 23 year-old St Anne’s man from St Albans Road was yesterday (Wednesday 25th January) sentenced to four years and two months in prison having instigated an online chat- and then attempting to meet up  with – what he believed was a 13-year-old girl.  However, he was communicating with an undercover police officer.

Bartosz Zaczek sent sexually explicit messages, including images, to the ‘girl’. He then suggested they meet up and over the course of the chat he encouraged her to enlist another girl – a fictional 12 -year-old cousin – to meet up with him too.

On June 28th 2022 he told his boss he was going to run an errand, but instead travelled to Blackburn to meet up with the ‘girl’. He was met at the location by officers and arrested.

In October 2022 he pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of attempting to cause a child to look at an image of sexual activity and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

He appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday where he was sentenced to four years and two months in prison.

He has also been given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and has been told he must sign the sex offenders register indefinitely. An order has also been made for his phone to be destroyed.

DC Nicola Long, of the Lancashire Police Online Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Zaczek is a sexual predator, who is now behind bars where he belongs.

“For a period of a month last year he instigated a number of sexually explicit conversations online with someone he believed was just 13, eventually arranging to meet up with her to engage in sexual activity. He also brought up the possibility of meeting up with her 12-year-old cousin for the same purpose.

“The chat transcript makes for some distressing and disturbing reading so I am satisfied with the sentence Zaczek has been given, which reflects the danger he presents to teenage girls. The associated court orders also mean he will be monitored by the authorities after he has been released from prison.

“The public may not see the undercover work that goes on, but it is always going on, and we will not hesitate to prosecute those found posing a danger to our communities.

“If anybody has concerns about an individual, I would always encourage them to contact the police in the first instance. We will thoroughly investigate those concerns and gather the evidence to put anybody who seeks to abuse children before the courts.”


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