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Paedophile who called himself 'Steven Gerrard' to lure young boys is jailed for 10 years

Steven Harrison, peadophile from Coventry jailed for 10 years. Credit: West Midlands Police

A paedophile from Coventry has been jailed for 10 years after a police child abuse team found he was grooming children online.

Steven Harrison, formerly of Westmorland Road in Wyken, adopted the name ‘Steven Gerrard’ as a way to lure boys who loved football.

The 44-year-old was being monitored by the force’s Sex Offender Managers following a conviction for sexually assaulting a schoolboy in June 2012.

Police arrested him in October 2017 after discovering social media posts suggesting he was attending a church in the city − a move bringing him into contact with children and breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Officers searched an address linked to him and found a hidden laptop, photographs of children and several junior size football kits.

Examination of the computer revealed Harrison was grooming single mums across the country. He had met many of the women on dating sites, to gain access to their sons.

Several photos on the laptop also showed him grinning in family-type poses alongside women and their children.

The investigation led detectives to a woman in Bedfordshire who had been told lies by Harrison to hide his criminal past.

Luton Crown Court heard how he intimidated and threatened her 11-year-old son to stop him disclosing abuse and was planning to take him away on a trip before police arrested him and safeguarded the youngster.

Harrison was charged with 10 counts of breaching his SHPO and jailed for 32 months.

However, Offender Managers continued working with Bedfordshire Police who found Harrison had groomed many other boys and sexually assaulting at least one. He was jailed for 10 years.

He embedded himself into several women’s lives, grooming them into thinking he was a kind, considerate “father figure" for their sons.

“Harrison is a very dangerous paedophile with a voracious sexual desire for young boys. I’m pleased that our work has helped convict him and put him out of harm’s way for a very long time.

– Sergeant Dan Woolley, Coventry Police Sex Offender Manager