A pervert who admitted sexual activity with a St Helens schoolgirl after grooming her on Facebook has been jailed for 12 months.
David Gordon met his 15-year-old victim on the social media site and quickly began exchanging sexually explicit messages with her.
I’d like to praise the victim’s mother for spotting something was not right with her daughter and voicing those concerns to the policeDet Sgt Jim Starkey
The 25-year-old later arranged to meet the girl and they took pictures of each other naked.
He was only caught when the teenager’s concerned mother found lewd messages from Gordon on her daughter’s tablet computer.
She altered police who also found the nude pictures of both Gordon and the victim which they had exchanged with each other.
Gordon, of Rye Close, Clock Face, was jailed yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register for ten years and banned from having unsupervised contact with a child under 16 for the next five years.
The court heard how the victim’s mum had grown concerned about her daughter’s behaviour after she started going missing from home.
Gordon was arrested in March and released on bail providing he did not contact the 15-year-old.
However within days he had contacted the girl and when she was reported missing from home again by her mum, officers found they had been in touch on Facebook. Police have provided the victim and her family with specialist support since the case started.
Det Sgt Jim Starkey said: “I’d like to praise the victim’s mother for spotting something was not right with her daughter and voicing those concerns to the police.
“A child being secretive or spending a lot of time online away from the rest of the family can be normal behaviour for a teenager. But it could also be one of the signs that they are forming inappropriate relationships online and making themselves vulnerable.
“We all have a duty of care to protect young people from harm and I would encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals , social services and any other adults to take a little time to better educate themselves about online safety.”