Prosecutor Hugh O’Brien Quinn said: “The defendant and the injured party communicated for a while. She says she told him she was 14, but he says he does not recall that.
“They agreed to meet and he travelled from Lancashire to Stoke-on-Trent. They met up and went out together, and nothing of a sexual nature happened on the first meeting.
“On the second occasion they arranged to meet and he travelled down. He took her out on this occasion they went down a side street and there was some kissing and touching.
“For the third meeting, by which time the girl had turned 15, she agreed to travel with him to his parents’ caravan in Rhyl. She told her parents she was staying with a friend.”
The court heard the pair stayed in the caravan overnight, during which time they had sexual intercourse. He then brought her back to Stoke-on-Trent.
They remained in contact and the victim displayed a photograph in her bedroom that had been taken in Rhyl.
Mr O’Brien Quinn said the victim’s mother was aware her daughter was in contact with a boy but thought he was around the same age.
“Her mother was concerned about how old the defendant looked,” said Mr O’Brien Quinn. “She mentioned her concerns to the police who took the girl’s mobile phone and started an investigation.”
Williams was arrested and it was revealed that he was already on bail – with a condition not to have any unsupervised contact with females under 18 – in relation to separate offences involving two other underage girls that he had met online.
In relation to the Stoke-on-Trent case, he pleaded guilty to six offences of sexual activity with a child and two of abducting a child.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Williams, of Sabden Close, Bury, to five years in prison and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to prevent him contacting the victim and restricting his future contact with girls and his use of the internet.
Judge Glenn said: “It seems quite plain that after the initial contact you groomed her. She was particularly vulnerable at that time.“