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Barnoldswick sex groomer jailed for 16 months
1:50pm Monday 15th October 2012 in News
A PERVERT who abducted a schoolgirl and plied her with vodka for sex after grooming her on a social networking site has been jailed for 16 months.
Ralph Stokes, 31, a convicted child sex offender, sent the 14-year-old victim messages on Facebook and they became increasingly sexual, Burnley Crown Court heard.
But he was arrested before he could do anything indecent as the victim's worried friend alerted the girl's mother, who looked at the girl's Facebook messages from the defendant.
Stokes had been jailed for three years in 2006 for sexually assaulting a child under 13 and causing or inciting the little girl to engage in sexual activity. He had been placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.
The defendant, of Queen Street, Barnoldswick, admitted child abduction and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and was given a 10 year sexual offences prevention order, banning any unsupervised contact with children under 16.
Hugh Barton, prosecuting, said the defendant talked about her being naked on his bed, asked her how far she had gone with boys and indicated he had condoms and that sex would be possible.
On May 26, the girl had lied about her movements to her mother and met the defendant. He had bought some vodka, took her back to his house and they stayed there for three hours. Stokes gave the schoolgirl vodka, asked her to kiss him, invited her to take her tights off and told her: "I will rip them off if you carry on like that."
Martin Hackett, defending, said there had been no sexual contact between Stokes and the girl.
Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman told Stokes he was quite satisfied that the whole purpose of what he had been doing was to get the girl involved in some form of sexual activity with him.