Serial paedophile back behind bars for child grooming

A convicted paedophile is back behind bars for grooming underage girls for sex – just months after being released from prison for rape.

Darren Whitby, aged 38, of Oak Bank in Hockley, Birmingham, had been jailed for 12 years in 2001 for raping children aged three and five, as well as indecent assault and gross indecency.

And he has today been given another 18 years behind bars after explicit texts were found on the phones of underage teenage girls, including messages encouraging them to send him naked ‘selfies’ via text or Facebook.

He also encouraged them to meet him for sex.

Whitby was only caught as one of his victims had racked up a ¬£355 phone bill. Her father spotted Whitby’s number as one of the most frequently dialled and alerted police.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual grooming, breaching a sex offender register order, sexual assault and three counts of sexual activity with a child.