December 2015

Sex offender is jailed and made to sign register

A married man lured an under-age teenage girl into having sex with him after sending her a photo of himself.

Father-of-two Ryan Paul Marshall, 27, from Scarborough, was jailed for over three years for a series of sexual encounters with the youngster.

The former bar manager appeared at York Crown Court on Monday after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a child between March and August 2014.

Prosecuting barrister Andrew Dallas said Marshall, of Westway, arranged sexual meetings with the girl in the countryside.

As well as having sex with her, Marshall sent an intimate image of himself to her mobile phone and encouraged the youngster to send one of herself to him.

Judge Mr DP Hunt said he regarded Marshall’s case as the “cynical exploitation of a person who was much younger than you were.

You will have observed and quickly learnt of her particular vulnerability,” Mr Hunt told the defendant.

“She had a number of emotional problems and you were motivated by a plan to exploit her and her vulnerability.”

The court heard that the sexual activity was consensual but the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was under the age of consent.

Marshall was jailed for three years and seven months and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life.

His family looked on from the gallery as he was sent down.