Paedophile, 24, who groomed a teenage girl on Whatsapp before urging her to send X-rated photos and luring her to a park for sex is jailed for more than three years
- Paul Harrison, 24, groomed a 15-year-old girl on Whatsapp after meeting in 2015
- A court heard how Harrison lured the girl to a park for sex on multiple occasions
- Harrison, of Staffordshire, admitted to five counts of sexual activity with a child
- Judge David Fletcher sentenced Harrison to three years and nine months
Paedophile Paul Harrison, 24, who lured a 15-year-old girl to a Staffordshire park on multiple occasions for sex has been jailed for more than three years
A paedophile who groomed a teenage girl on Whatsapp before luring her to a park for sex on multiple occasions has been jailed.
Paul Harrison, 24, first chatted to his 15-year-old victim on Facebook before swapping numbers with her in 2015.
A court heard he then lured her to parks after dark around ten times over two months where he made her carry out sex acts despite knowing her age.
Police discovered Harrison had also got the girl to send him four indecent images of herself when they arrested him on May 5 last year.
Harrison, of Leek, Staffordshire, admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child and one charge of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He further admitted possessing indecent images of children and was jailed for three years and nine months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Harrison was also handed a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely.
Judge David Fletcher said: 'The single reason you went to that area - which was some distance from where you live - time and time again, was simply to satisfy your own sexual urges.
'There is no suggestion by you that there was a loving, long-term potential relationship.
'This was you, a much older man, utilising a much younger girl to satisfy your own sexual need.
'You knew she was 15 from the get-go, yet you continued to do it.'
Prosecutor David Bruce said: 'Their contact progressed to phone calls and Whatsapp messages.
'They first met up in Fenton Park. It was clear to the defendant that she was 15. She told him she was 15. There was sexual activity the first time they met.
'When they met on subsequent occasions he had sex with her.'
The court heard Harrison met the girl in either Fenton Park or Smithpool Park in Stoke-on-Trent and they performed sex acts on 'seven or eight' occasions.
Police found four indecent images of of the victim on Harrison's computer, which had been sent to him from the girl's phone and uploaded to the computer.
A court heard how Harrison used the messenger app Whatsapp to groom the girl and meet her around ten times after dark for sexual intercourse. Harrison was jailed for more than three years
Mr Bruce said: 'In interview he denied the allegations, which resulted in the injured party having to pick him out of an identity parade.'
Paul Cliff, defending, said: 'This was not grooming from the first meeting.
'It became grooming behaviour. This is not a case where there was any force used.'
Mr Cliff said Harrison's brother was killed in an industrial accident in 2013.
He added: 'He is acutely aware that, as a result of his behaviour, he has heaped further pain and suffering on his parents' shoulders.
'Mr Harrison has been subject to some public abuse as a result of these proceedings, and there has been some criminal damage of his property which he believes is connected to these matters.'