Bus driver admits grooming girl, 13

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A Calderdale bus driver has admitted grooming a 13-year-old girl he met on the school bus run.

Dale Codling, 26, of Kirk Lane, Hipperholme, a former First Bus driver, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates Court charged with grooming and engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl on October 21, 2013.

The court heard that Codling had contacted the girl through Facebook before the incident took place and called her “gorgeous and beautiful to make her feel good”.

Codling was granted conditional bail and told not to contact the victim.

He will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on September 8.