A MARRIED father-of-three who met a 14-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr raped him in the back of his car.

Burnley Crown Court heard 34-year-old Adnan Aslam lured the boy to a secluded East Lancashire business park after sending him a naked picture of himself and stating there would be "cash for favours".

After raping the child Aslam gave him £20, a cigarette and said there would be more cash next time they met up for sex.

Prosecuting, Charles Brown said Aslam messaged the boy on Grindr – a social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people – at 8.30pm on November 9.

Mr Brown said during the course of the conversation the topic of "cash for favours" came up.

Aslam and his victim then exchanged naked pictures on the social networking application Snapchat, before agreeing to meet up for sex that evening.

After picking up his victim at a bus station in his Toyota Avensis, Aslam, of Arthur Street, Nelson, drove the child to a business park and parked up.

After taking his own trousers off and stripping the boy, Aslam then began having unprotected sex with the boy.

Mr Brown said that after around 10 minutes the boy asked Aslam to stop but the defendant carried on.

Mr Brown said: "After the intercourse had finished, the defendant gave him £20, a cigarette and indicated he would supply him with more money when next they meet.

"The victim returned home and disclosed what had happened to his mother. He was extremely distressed during the course of the night, asking her to arrange that he should have a HIV test."

Mr Brown said the following morning the boy, still embarrassed and upset, sent a private message to his mum on Facebook giving her the full details of what had happened and asked her to read it, rather than telling her directly.

The matter was reported to the police and having declined to answer any questions during his first interview, Aslam was questioned again on November 25.

On that occasion, Aslam admitted he had contacted the boy on Grindr, that it had been a sexual conversation and that he knew the victim was underage.

In his victim personal statement, the boy said: "I feel I can't go out alone anymore. I feel anxious quite a lot."

He also said he was worried about rumours starting.

Aslam, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to raping a child.

Defending, Ahmed Nadim said his client wanted the boy to know the blame was completely on him and he should feel no embarrassment or shame. He said Aslam had moved to the UK from Pakistan 10 years ago, had worked hard and achieved promotions in his job.

Mr Nadim said: "He is a 34-year-old man of previous good character. He is a married man and father of three children. He understands he has damaged a variety of interests and lives.

"Unlike many cases that come before those courts where the offenders have little or no understanding of the damage that has been inflicted on a victim, this defendant is of a rare type. He has a complete understanding of the damage that he has inflicted on his victim."

Aslam was jailed for four and a half years, made subject of a 15-year sexual harm prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders register for life.

An indefinite restraining order was placed on Aslam banning him from contacting the victim.