He's been jailed for five years
A young dad who lied to a schoolgirl about his age and had sex with her three times has been jailed for five years
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 14-year-old girl had consented to what took place but a judge pointed out that the law was there to protect such immature girls.
Alexander Potts, of Bradlegh Road, Newton Park, Newton-le-Willows, was convicted of three offences of sexual activity with a child after a trial during which he denied the allegations.
Sentencing him Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said that Potts knew the girl from around the area ad found her attractive. He contacted her via Snapchat and when he asked how old she was she told him she was 14.
Potts told her he was 18 but he was in fact 22 and they went out socially a few times before inviting her to his home, which he was sharing with his partner and child. On two occasions they had consensual sex but she was then alerted to his real age and circumstances.
She asked him about it but he falsely reassured her that he had been telling her the truth and persuaded her to continue contact with him.
They had sex again, this time on some steps by the canal and as on the previous occasions he did not use any contraception. "What an undignified situation for a 14-year-old girl to find herself in."
The offences, which all occurred in a week in late 2016, came to the attention of the police after she went home soaking wet after the last incident and Potts was arrested.
In an impact statement the girl's mum told how her daughter has "changed in her personality" and her behaviour had become erratic and unpredictable. "She seems to have lost her concentration and motivation and has been excluded from school."
The judge imposed a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a five year restraining order to keep away from the victim. He also ordered Potts to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The court heard that Potts, who has two children and a third on the way, has previous convictions including assaulting and burglary.
Michael Hagerty, defending, said that Potts, who is now 23, is immature. The offences did not involve drink or drugs and it was not a breach of trust case.