Man jailed for sexual offences against teenage girl in Doncaster

Leslie Thornton, aged 21, of Queensberry Road, Intake, was sentenced to three years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court
Leslie Thornton, aged 21, of Queensberry Road, Intake, was sentenced to three years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court
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A Doncaster man has been jailed after admitting child abduction and a number of sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Leslie Thornton, aged 21, of Queensberry Road, Intake, was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to 10 counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of child abduction.

Thornton began a relationship with a 14-year-old girl in October 2013 and admitted knowing her age when he started a sexual relationship with her.

The victim’s mother contacted police in August 2014 to raise concerns about her daughter’s relationship after she found out Thornton’s age and that the relationship was sexual.

Thornton was arrested and served with an abduction notice as the investigation continued. He breached that by seeing the victim on several occasions.

Detective Constable Amanda Walker, who led the investigation, said: “Thornton took advantage of this young girl who was vulnerable due to her age.

“He knew she was under the age of consent but chose to pursue a sexual relationship with her and lied about his age to her family.

“He has admitted his offences and has been brought to justice and hopefully this young girl and her family can now try to move forward with their lives.

“I would encourage any parent with concerns of this nature about a child to contact us so we can take the necessary action.”