A 22-year-old Buxton man who contacted a teenage girl on Facebook and started a sexual relationship with her has been jailed for four years.
Samuel Wildgoose, of Victoria Avenue, sent a message to the 13-year-old girl, telling her he found her attractive.
Following this, a sexual relationship began and Wildgoose also took indecent photographs of the girl which he kept on his phone.
Prosecutor Clive Stockwell told Derby Crown Court: “There’s no suggestion that this was anything other than consensual – in the limitations of her being 13.”
The police were called after a relative of the girl found the two in bed together, the court heard.
When Wildgoose was arrested, he said he had been misusing cocaine, MCAT and cannabis and that he was sexually attracted to girls aged eight to ten. He said he had provided alcohol to the girl and her friend.
Wildgoose admitted causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity and possessing indecent images of a child.
Sonal Ahya, in mitigation, said: “He felt tremendously lost in his life and started to abuse a cocktail of drugs.
“His life began to spiral out of control and the illicit drugs and alcohol, no doubt, amplified the insecurities he had. He and his family are nothing short of devastated.”
Judge John Burgess said: “Thirteen-year-old girls need protection from themselves sometimes and, when somebody like you comes along and disregards their age or approaches them because of their young age, everyone needs to know the courts take it very seriously.”
The judge said he had contacted her by Facebook, groomed her, given her alcohol and then begun a sexual relationship with her.
He added: “You also took photographs of her in an indecent state and you kept them on your mobile phone. It caused serious harm because of acts performed on this child.”