Man, 56, jailed for grooming 14-year-old Staffordshire girl for sex

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A man from Berkshire has been jailed for 13 years after grooming and sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl from Staffordshire.

John Malley, 56, from Reading, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, after initially getting in touch with the schoolgirl via social media.

The court heard Malley came across the girl, who cannot be named, on an app and began talking to her.

The court heard he pretended to be 19 or 20 used a picture that made him look like “someone out of One Direction.”

Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, said: “He told her he lived in London, had been a soldier and had a dog called Stella.

“He began to play on her emotions, he told her that he had a younger sister who died.

“She was rather vulnerable as things at home weren’t easy.”

The court heard that their contact became more and more frequent and the girl eventually agreed to meet Malley in June 2012.

Malley blamed his appearance on a medical condition when the pair met and convinced the girl to get into his car and go for a drive.

He stopped the car in a lay-by and Malley had sex with her, the court heard.

Mr Heywood told the court Malley’s victim thought they were girlfriend and boyfriend.

Malley tried to prove the sex he had with his girlfriend was consensual and provided the court with a memory card with videos he had taken of the sexual activity.

But it contained a video which showed another child as the victim of a sexual assault but this child is yet to be identified or traced, the court was told.

Michael Harrison, defending, said: “He knows he is going to prison and he accepts that.

“He has been a hard working man, he started off in the army for a number of years and then went into prison services.

“He has three adult children and three grandchildren.”

Malley has two previous convictions of four years and six months for similar sexual offences involving young girls.

Judge Paul Glenn told Malley: “You have a continuing interest in young girls and you will not be deterred by previous sentences.

“Her brother was seriously ill, the parents were spending a lot of time in hospital.

“You had obviously identified her as someone who would be vulnerable.”

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