Kamir Khan initially started messaging the child on social media but later got access to her phone number and then started bombarding her with text messages and phone calls, Sheffield Crown Court was told on Wednesday, November 25.
On one occasion Khan met the girl at a party and summoned her upstairs and touched her private parts, said Ian Goldsack, prosecuting.
He also sent her naked photographs of himself and close-ups of his private parts, and told her to store his number on her phone under a false name.
Mr Goldsack told the court that the child’s family had become aware of the grooming when the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, started acting suspiciously with a phone and eventually confessed what had been taking place in March last year.
“Her mother had bought her a new iPhone because she had done well in her exams. A message came through from a cousin relating to an argument they’d had and she noticed that her daughter started to panic,” Mr Goldsack said.
“Her brother started to look through the messages [which appeared to be from the cousin] and she confirmed that it had been the defendant that she had been in contact with.”
When police confiscated Khan’s phone they discovered more than 4,300 WhatsApp messages between the two from January 16 to March 9, 2019, and evidence of numerous texts, many of which were of a sexual nature and they had first been in contact in August 2018, the court heard.
“He told her to store his number under someone else’s name and by January the messages had become more indecent,” said Mr Goldsack. “He was telling her he loved her, was planning his future around her and wanted to marry her.
“She told him he was risking his life and of going to prison, and he replied that it was worth taking the risk.”
Mr Goldsack added that he “sent her some images of himself in an undressed state” and had asked her for some pictures of her chest area, but “she had not been willing to do that and there had been an argument.”
On one occasion the pair had been at a wider community gathering, when Khan had summoned her to a private area and touched her, the court heard.
During another face-to-face meeting, Khan had touched the girls chest area in February of last year, the court heard.
Mr Goldsack said: “He told her it gave him a hard-on and asked her if he could touch her ‘down there’, and she replied, ‘maybe in time’”, he added: “He asked her when she would be ready and she replied that she was.”
Detectives also found evidence on the phone that some discussions had taken place about the two booking a hotel, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the girl, said she and her family had been ostracised by the local community who blamed the victim for what took place, and that the family had had to move home as a result.
She was told that she had brought shame on her family, the court heard.
Mitigating, Catherine Silverton said: “The impact on his sentence will be exacerbated by the Covid pandemic and that he’s never been to prison before, and the impact it will have on the relationship with his children.”
Judge Sarah Wright jailed Khan, 31, of Eldon Road, Rotherham, for four-and-a-half years and put him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Sentencing, she said: “This was not a relationship, this was child sexual exploitation which started when she was just 11. You groomed her by expressing your love for her, saying you wanted to marry her despite her own warnings to you.
“You made completely inappropriate comments, trying to get her used to having a sexual relationship with you. She is a child, a little girl and, quite unacceptably, she seems to be being blamed by others.”
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