Bexhill man charged with grooming teenage girls on Facebook

A BEXHILL man is to appear in court next week after allegedly grooming two underage girls on social networking website Facebook.

Luke Heasman, 34, of Glenburn Close, is due to appear on bail at Hastings Magistrates Court on Wednesday 5 February, charged with inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, with two offences of inciting another girl aged between 13 and 17 to engage in prostitution and pornography, and with theft of an SD memory card from his employer.

The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, follows an investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Serious Organised Crime Unit into the alleged use by Heasman of Facebook to incite the girls.