Man jailed for sexual offences involving girl

PUBLISHED: 11:12 24 July 2015

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A Long Ashton man has been sentenced to three years in prison for committing sexual offences relating to a schoolgirl.

Stephen Wilks, aged 28, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on July 8.

He pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, possession of indecent photographs of children and causing a child to watch a sexual act.

He also pleaded guilty to nine counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

His victim was about 10 years old when she met Wilks, then aged 23, through a mutual friend.

She and Wilks began texting each other in a sexual manner, including explicit pictures sent from the victim to Wilks.

The victim’s mother found out and stopped the pair from communicating, but the texting started up again.

After the victim sent explicit pictures to Wilks, he sent reciprocal images back to the young schoolgirl.

The communication continued for two months, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Wilks, of Fishers Mead, was sentenced to three years in prison.

He was also placed on the sexual offences register indefinitely.

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