A 21-year-old Barnsley man has been jailed for three and a half years for grooming and committing sexual activity with a child.
Andrew Gosling, Masons Way, Kendray, admitted inciting sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.
South Yorkshire Police began investigating Gosling after the parents of a 12-year-old girl raised concerns that their daughter had become secretive. They suspected she was being contacted by Gosling.
The investigation uncovered that, over a two-year period, Gosling had repeatedly contacted the girl through internet messaging.
Gosling admitted to inciting sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity with the child after originally meeting her in 2012 when she was 12 years old. The girl is now 15.
Acting Detective Inspector Heather Stocks said: “This case highlights the importance of spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation. The parents’ vigilance in recognising the signs ensured that this offence could be investigated and the perpetrator brought to justice.
“I hope that the sentence today can ensure that the girl and her family can begin to rebuild their lives and we will continue to provide any support that they require.”
If you have concerns about someone you know who may be a victim of child sexual exploitation you can report it by calling 101, or 999 if a crime is taking place.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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