25 year old, Ryan Kirk, posed as a 19 year old on Facebook and befriended a 15 year old girl.
For 6 months, Kirk groomed the teenager and drove the girl to private locations to try and persuade her into sexual activities.
The 25-year-old admitted to 3 counts of sexual activity with a child, but only after pleading gulity four days into a five-day trial.
Investigating the case, DC Lee Corker said: “He completely took advantage of a young girl and exploited her, to satisfy his own sick and twisted need for control and power.
When he became aware the police were involved, he begged her to not say what had really happened, claiming he was too pretty to go prison and telling her what she should say, then checking in with her again after she had spoken to police.”
Corker went on to say, “The courage and bravery this young girl has shown in coming forward is truly commendable. Kirk didn’t even have the decency to save her the horrific ordeal of a trial, making her endure the majority of it until he decided to change his plea at the last minute.”
“I hope this result gives people further confidence to come forward and report crimes of this nature to police.”
Ryan Kirk remains in custody and is due to be sentenced later this month.