A paedophile who was snared by a hunter group posing as a 13-year-old girl had already abused three other teenagers.
Matthew Quinton, 22, asked one girl to call him ‘daddy’ while he had sex with her, and punched her in the stomach when, on one occasion, she refused to sleep with him.
Another teenage girl was touched and grabbed by Quinton after meeting him, before he went on to proposition and sexually assault a boy. All his victims were aged under 16.
Quinton was interviewed by police over the incidents, and was later stung by paedophile hunter group For Our Kids U.K when he sent explicit messages to a fake account acting as a 13-year-old girl called Charlotte.
Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court: ‘The defendant first messaged one girl saying she was cute.
‘He later plied her with vodka, and had sexual intercourse with her. She said she would not have done this had she been sober.
‘He asked her to call him daddy while they had sex, which she did not like.’
When the teenager said she did not want to have sex, Quinton ‘punched her in the stomach with a clenched fist’, Hull Crown Court heard on Monday.
Quinton apologised to the teenager, said he loved her, and later woke her up from her sleep to ask again for sex.
The 22-year-old’s second victim met Quinton at the end of 2016. ‘The defendant was always tickling her, touching her bottom and grabbing her sides,’ Ms Stuart-Lofthouse said.
‘He knew how old she was, and when she received sexual messages from him on Facebook she stopped having any contact with him.’
Quinton’s final victim – a teenage boy – said the paedophile first attempted to kiss him, before grabbing him by his hips and asking him for sex.
When police interviewed Quinton in May last year, he denied giving the children alcohol, and said one girl had told him she was 17.
The paedophile hunter group snared Quinton when they set up a fake profile on Facebook of a 13-year-old girl called Charlotte.
The man sent explicit photos to the account, and offered to go to Blackpool – where she allegedly lived – to meet her for sex. He also asked her if he could be her ‘secret boyfriend’.
Quinton, of Princess Street, in Bridlington, Hull, admitted a total of eight charges – five of sexual activity with a child under 16, one of sexual assault, and two of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child under 16.
Sentencing him to five years in prison, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC described the defendant’s actions as ‘deplorable.’
‘You come from an extremely unhappy background,’ he said. ‘You have endured a baleful upbringing.
‘I do not doubt you observed, and experienced, terrible things. You turned to drugs and alcohol. Your background can however have limited impact on the sentence I must impose on you.’
Quinton was also given a sexual harm prevention order, which will last 10 years.