A 23-YEAR-OLD man who repeatedly had sex with a 15-year-old Burnley schoolgirl and also had a stash of vile child porn, has been jailed for five years.

Unemployed Abdul Muhid told police he thought the girl was 18, even though he had been contacting her on Facebook, which clearly showed her date of birth and school.

After he was arrested in April last year, police seized a computer from his home and found obscene images of children, including four 'extremely disturbing' videos showing girls as young as seven being raped.

Facial shots of the 15-year-old from her page on the social networking site were also on the laptop, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Muhid, now 25 and whose wife is expecting a child, had earlier admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child, six charges of possessing an indecent photo of a child and four allegations of making an indecent photo of a child.

The defendant, most recently of Saxon Street, Burnley, was ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life, was banned from working with children and was given a sex offences prevention order, to be in force until further order.

Lisa Roberts, prosecuting, said the offences took place at the end of 2009 and early 2010.

The girl's age was well known to the defendant.

She told police she had told him she was 15 and he had told her he was 23.

Muhid was later to allege a friend of the girl had told him she was 18, but the friend made a statement saying it wasn't true.

The defendant and the girl had consensual intercourse and were involved in a sex act. Muhid was arrested in March last year, after the girl's mother contacted the police.

Sex took place at two houses in Burnley, one of which, Muhid's home at the time, became a meeting place for young Asian men and the girl and her friends. Alcohol was readily available at the premises and the 15 year old had drink.

Miss Roberts said the defendant was arrested on April 15 last year and questioned several times. Officers had found several porn magazines relating to teenagers at his home and the laptop computer was examined by the high-tech crime unit.

Muhid had downloaded indecent images of children, including the movie files at level four. He also had 14 images at level one and one photo at level five - the most serious level.

The prosecutor said at first the defendant denied ever using the internet or owning a computer. He said when he first met the girl he had been 'off his head' on drink and cocaine, admitted they had had sex, but claimed he thought the girl was 18.

Muhid admitted talking to the teenager on Facebook and when officers pointed out to him the website clearly showed her date of birth and school, he claimed not to have seen that. The defendant went on to admit the laptop was his, but claimed it was stolen, he had never switched it on and had never seen the indecent images.

Martin Hackett, for Muhid, said his best mitigation was his guilty plea and he had expressed remorse, albeit at a late stage.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Muhid there were elements of exploitation in the background to what happened.

The judge said of the four video clips: "They are images of prolonged abuse, which show the rape and other serious sexual offending against girls of about seven or eight years of age and are extremely disturbing."

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