Smallthorne man jailed for sexual activity with 14-year-old girl

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A Smallthorne man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a teenage girl.

Steven McCready, 34, of Keynsham Walk, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, kissed and touched his victim when she was aged 14, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

McCready bought her alcohol and asked her to perform sex acts on him, the court was told.

He also bought her gifts including perfume and jewellery, as he continued to ask her for sex.

The victim, who can not be identified for legal reasons, said in a statement that she has been left battling with depression.

Prosecutor Adam Watkins told the court: “The defendant said he was starting to fall in love with the victim.

“The first sexual contact was when the victim was 14 years of age.

“The severity of the sexual activity increased over time.

“They exchanged, at his request, naked images of each other.”

McCready was jailed for four years and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

He also received a 10-year restraining order and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Mitigating, Anthony Cartin told the court: “He is a 34-year-old man with no previous convictions and of previous good character.

“This is not a man who sits at home downloading child pornography.

“He bought alcohol for the victim but the victim was not plied with alcohol.

“When she said no to sex, he respected her wishes.”

Recorder Julian Taylor told the defendant: “You were in your 30s and she was at a very young age when you started to form a relationship with her.

“You wanted to have full penetrative sex with her.

“But she did not want that and used oral sex on you to fob you off.

“These are very serious offences.”

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