In a recent CNBC article on Ghislaine Maxwell they say:
Sternheim wrote of Maxwell, who is accused of crimes related to allegedly recruiting and grooming underage girls who later were sexually abused by eccentric investment advisor Jeffrey Epstein,...
Looking up which sense of groom is meant in the article I found the following definition, probably a legal one, in the Cambridge Dictionary:
groom verb [T] (CRIME)
to become friends with a child with the intention of trying to persuade the child to have a sexual relationship.
The above sense does not appear to be related to the more common usage of groom: looking up its origin in the Online Etymological Dictionary provides no clear information on where the above usage may have come from.
So how and when did groom evolved into a criminal act? Is it an AmE usage?