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Exeter pervert who groomed a schoolgirl for sex is jailed for more than seven years
A pervert who groomed a schoolgirl for sex has been jailed for more than seven years.
Jonathan Alford tried to throw police off the scent when the girl complained about what he had done by creating a Facebook page in her name on which she said she had made up the allegations.
The 33-year-old was caught with images of child abuse and bestiality on his computer and later admitted being attracted to under age girls.
Alford, of Lower Wear Road, Exeter, admitted six counts of sexual activity with a child, seven of making or possessing indecent images of children, three of having extreme pornography and one of perverting the course of justice.
He was jailed for a total of seven years and three months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
The Judge told him:”You had a sexual interest in 15-year-old girls and you began grooming this victim and sending her very explicit texts.
“You took two indecent images of her and you also had images on your computer which depicted really serious abuse of children.
“Your attempt to pervert the course of justice involved you creating a Facebook page which you then indicated to police and which you said showed she had confessed to lying about her allegations.
“This led to her being re interviewed by the police, which put an even greater impact on her and her family.”
Mr James Taghdissian, prosecuting, said the sexual relationship with the girl began when she was 15 in around 2010 and her family noticed her behaviour changed.
When it came to light the girl told police she had engaged all sorts of different sexual activity with Alford but known what they were doing was wrong.
The images were found on Alford’s computer when the police investigated but he had denied everything until the day of his trial when the victim was at court waiting to give evidence.
Mr Rupert Taylor, defending, said there was no question that the relationship with the girl had been fully consensual.
He said:”He found her attractive and was flattered by her attention. She was a young woman who was enthusiastic and willing and in control of what she was doing.
Public gallery fury as Exeter man admits sex with girl and downloading extreme images
A 33-year-old man has admitted having sex with a schoolgirl and downloading indecent and extreme images.
Jonathan Alford also pleaded guilty to providing a fabricated document to the police during their investigation into his activities.
A woman in the public gallery had to be restrained as she shouted abuse at him as he entered his pleas at Exeter Crown Court.
Alford, of Blackthorn Close, Exeter, admitted six offences of sexual activity with a child.
All involved the same girl and took place over the space of 14 months in 2010 and 2011.
He also admitted attempting to possess and indecent image of a child with the intention of distributing it, three offences of making indecent images and three of possessing extreme images of adults having sex with animals.
Alford also admitted a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by proving the police with ‘a fabricated document’ between September 2011 and February 2012.
Judge Barry Cotter, QC, granted him conditional bail in order to allow him time to get his affairs in order before he receives a custodial sentence.
Mr Rupert Taylor, defending, said:”I have advised him of the sentence he can expect. He has been on bail throughout. He is a man who works and bail will enable him to obtain character references.”
A woman sitting in the public gallery gasped with horror as Alford entered his pleas. At the end of the case she tried to walk into the body of the court where she pointed at him and shouted:”You dirty, dirty, dirty bastard”.
The case was adjourned for pre sentence reports and Alford was ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register immediately.