April 2013 – Johnson has been released from prison and is now living in the Latchford area of Warrington

December 2010

Man jailed at Warrington Crown Court

A PAEDOPHILE who gave alcohol and cocaine to a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for three years.

Dad-of-three Daniel Johnson, aged 38, started taking the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, out on trips and gave her lifts before the abuse started in November 2008.

Simon Medland, prosecuting Johnson, of Chester Road, said: “He insinuated himself in her life in a way she was not expecting. The idea in his own mind was that she was a potential partner for sexual activity.”

“Events reached a head in December 2008 when he booked into a hotel in Northwich. To her this was a frightening but quite an exciting. She was neither willing or unwilling. It became apparent that the defendant’s expectations were greater than hers. He brought beer and cocaine.

“She would try and stay out of the hotel room saying she was trying to get signal or go downstairs to smoke one cigarette after another, keeping herself out of the way. He had sex with her there on that night.”

Warrington Crown Court heard on Tuesday that Johnson drove the relationship and the teenager felt upset about what was happening.

She told police they had sex very frequently on many occasions

Mr Medland said the defendant claimed he did not have sex with her while she was underage but his guilty pleas suggest he knew her age.

The court heard Johnson had previous convictions and had been in prison before but for an unrelated crime.

Jeremy Rawson, defending, said his client has responsibility for two of his three children and they would live with his parents who are in their 70s during the sentence.

Judge Thomas Teague said Johnson was infatuated with the girl. He said if the girl had been 16 the offences would not have been committed.

He added: “The most obvious is the age gap you are well over twice her age. There seems to be a breach of trust.”

He will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life and was ordered not to have unsupervised with contact with people under the age of 16, with the expectation of his children