Teen Grooming Court Case

21 year old Sean Clode, from Hartlepool, denies accusations of grooming, abducting and having sex with a 14 year old girl. The trial is ongoing at Teesside Crown Court.

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Teen grooming case: Hartlepool man denies charges

Sean Clode. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The prosecution and defence have made their closing speeches in the trial of a man accused of grooming, abducting and having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Sean Clode from Hartlepool, denies the four charges against him. Teesside Crown Court heard the 21-year-old met the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, through an online game.

Mr Clode said he had no idea that she would travel from Scotland to Hartlepool.

They were found in a tent on sand dunes on Crimdon Dene after she went missing from home in May. The case continues.

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