A Timperley man has been jailed for child sexual exploitation after he groomed a girl online.
Darryl Howe, of Hartford Gardens, was found guilty at Manchester Crown Square of one count of child abduction, one count of inciting a child to commit a sexual act and two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.
He was jailed for 33 months and has also been placed on a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years.
Below: Darryl Howe
In early 2014, 21-year-old Howe met a 14-year-old girl from Nottingham online and sent her explicit photos of himself and encouraged her do the same.
Later that year, in August 2014, Howe met a 15-year-old girl from Greater Manchester over Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and, despite knowing her age, pursued the girl and groomed her into having a sexual relationship with him.
After concerns were raised to the police, he was given a warning under the child abduction act but continued to contact the girl, encouraging her to go missing from home, which led to his arrest. Police later learned he had been in a sexual relationship with the girl and was subsequently convicted.
Below: Howe was sentenced at Manchester Crown Square
Detective Constable Rob Pullan, of the Phoenix Tameside CSE team, said: “Darryl Howe knew full well that his victims were impressionable underage girls and he used this to his advantage to satisfy his sexual desires.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims for the courage they showed in assisting us throughout our investigations and I hope this sentence will in some way give them closure.
“Child sexual exploitation takes many forms and in this case it has taken shape in what we call the boyfriend model. This is where the offender attracts their underage victim by appearing loving and giving the impression that they want to start a grown up relationship but in reality they are just sexually exploiting them.”