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DETECTIVES have praised the bravery of a girl from Warwick after her statements put a ‘dangerous’ child predator behind bars for four-and-a-half years.

Johnathon Marren, 26, from Kent, started talking to the teenager online in December 2020. What followed was weeks of grooming when Marren talked sexually, sent explicit photos and even sent a list of ‘rules’ to try to control the victim.

In January 2021, the victim approached the police with the support of her family and thanks to her testimony, Warwickshire Police was able to build a case against Marren and arrested him.

When detectives interviewed him, Marren remained silent – and only surrendered passwords to his electronic devices when he was warned it was an offence not to do so.

Johnathon Marren

Marren was subsequently charged with attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to view images of sexual activity, possessing indecent photographs and attempting to meet a girl following grooming.


On Wednesday (13th September) at Warwick Crown Court Marren was sentenced to 54 months in prison.

Detective Constable Emma Smith said: “Marren is a dangerous predator who sought out a young girl in the hopes of completely controlling her.

“So appalling was his attitude, he believed he could even send a list of ‘rules’ that his victim must follow.

“He was quite happy to bombard a child with thousands of appalling messages but he had nothing to say for himself when my colleague and I brought him in for interview.

“All of us at Warwickshire Police are so proud of the girl for her courage. Thanks to her bravery, and the support of her family, we have been able to gather enough evidence to see the court take Marren off the streets.

“I hope this can serve as a message to other young people who might find themselves in this situation. We will listen and we will help.”

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