By Azania Post Reporter
A pedophile who sent message after message to a teenage girl of Facebook then met and had sex with her has been sentenced to go to prison.
Stephen Deegan, 25, from Ashton-under-Lyne in the city of Manchester, United Kingdom, also asked the 14-year old school girl to send him inappropriate images.
He later warned her to stay quiet, telling her that people would not be pleased with her if they found out the truth.
Police officers said the defendant knew that she was underage but continued to pursue her ‘for his own disturbed pleasure.’
A court heard how Deegan, of Bengal Square, Ashton, first began speaking to the girl on Facebook in April 2017.
The following month, he arranged to meet the teenager in Ashton and the pair had sex twice that day.
Several weeks later, the victim’s family discovered messages between her and Deegan and police were called.
Despite his warnings, the girl told officers everything and he was arrested.
On Thursday, Deegan was sentenced by a judge at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court to three years and four months in prison.
He was also given an indefinite requirement to sign the Sex Offender’s Register after previously pleading guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of sexual communication with a child.
PC Mike Allen, of GMP’s Operation Phoenix Tameside team, said his actions have had a profound impact on the girl and her family.
He said: “Firstly I would like to commend this young girl for having the courage to report these incidents to the police.
“Deegan knew full well how old the girl was but took advantage and continued to pursue her for his own disturbed pleasure, even though he knew it was wrong.
“His actions have had a profound effect on the victim and her family. I hope that after today’s result they can move forward with their lives and take some comfort from knowing that justice has been served and Deegan is now behind bars.
“I want to express my gratitude to our partners who ultimately helped us achieve the result we have today.”