February 2018: Now released
Pervert supplied drugs to vulnerable teen to commit sex offence
A Southport man who gave drugs to a vulnerable teenager with the intent of committing a sexual offence has been jailed for four years and two months.
Edward Brooks, 45, of Lathom Road, pleaded guilty to 15 drug and sexual offences charges and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.
He was convicted of supplying cocaine and zopiclone – a sleeping drug – to the vulnerable 16-year-old girl, who the court heard he had initially befriended.
Detective Sergeant John Harrison of the Matrix Sex Offenders Unit said: “Brooks’ actions were despicable, grooming and exploiting the victim’s vulnerability, and administering her with drugs, including sleeping tablets, actions which were carried out with a sexual intent.
“This was a complex investigation due to the age and vulnerability of the victim and the drugs that were administered.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the victim for her immense bravery in giving evidence to help secure justice, which has been supported every step of the way by the police and our partners.”
Brooks was also convicted of supplying Diazepam and Dihydrocodeine and making indecent images.
He was issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.