Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fund Director Caught in Child Sex Grooming Sting Faces Jail

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fund Director Caught in Child Sex Grooming Sting Faces Jail

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Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter

A PROPERTY fund boss who promised what he believed was a teenage girl an iPhone and a spin in his Mercedes as he groomed her for sex is facing jail.

Julius Gottlieb, 48, showered the 14-year-old with compliments and offered to take her shopping in the West End during the illicit online chats.

Despite learning she was still at school, the married father-of-three asked her to send "nawty" pictures of herself and promised he could sneak her into a bar.

Gottlieb arranged to meet the girl "Millie" at Guildford station, only to find her profile was a fake and he had been chatting to a group of vigilantes looking to snare online predators.

They confronted him over his illicit activities on July 5 last year, and messages he wrote were handed to police. Gottlieb swiftly quit as managing director of property investment fund Dorchester Ground Rent Management, based in York Way, Islington. At Harrow crown court this week, he pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming. …

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