A Burton-on-Trent man has been given a community order after pleading guilty to three child sex offences.
Aaron Quinn, 22, of Riverside Park, appeared at Stafford Crown Court to be sentenced for two charges of sexual activity with a child and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The three offences all took place in Burton between June and August 2013 with the same 14-year-old victim.
Daniel Oscroft, prosecuting, told the court that Quinn met the victim earlier that summer and the two began texting each other.
He said: “Before long they were exchanging images of an explicit nature.
“If anything this served to fuel Mr Quinn’s desire for her even more.”
Quinn then visited the victim’s house and he encouraged her to touch him.
Jane Sarginson, defending, told the court that the victim told her mother about the first two incidents with Quinn.
She said: “She confronted the defendant and he apologised immediately for what he had done.
“This man’s life has been virtually destroyed by this series of events; he has lost his job, his partner has terminated their relationship and any contact he has with his young daughter is now supervised by social services.”
In handing down a two-year community order with a requirement to attend a sex offender programme, Judge Michael Chambers QC said: “I am persuaded that it would be unjust for a man in your position to receive an immediate custodial sentence, while it would be in the interests of the public to prevent reoffending.”