A MAN who groomed a 13-year-old girl and asked her to model underwear for him has been jailed, as the youngster and her parents watched from a court room.
Terence Rafferty, 44, now of Alley Green, Clitheroe, admitted a string of counts including engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and two specimen counts of sexually assaulting her.
The victim, a Leyland schoolgirl, eventually wrote a heartbreaking letter to her mother after nearly two years of abuse and the police were contacted.
The judge Recorder James Adkin, sitting at Preston Crown Court imposed a five- year sentence.
Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said: “She first met him when she was 11 years of age. They lived in Leyland.
“She would say that from around that age she lacked confidence, and considered herself to be chubby.
“He would pay her compliments, and told her she was beautiful. The comments over a period of time became sexual and he would say things like ‘You look sexy.’
“He asked her to model for him. Initially she would say no.
“The sexual conversations became more explicit when he told of her a fantasy of watching her walking along a catwalk wearing a red thong while her mother and grandmother - who is deceased - watched.
“He essentially used money as an act of bribery.”
His behaviour escalated and he started to touch her. An incident in June 2015 led the schoolgirl to come forward.
Rafferty indicated the allegations were true in a text to his brother.
In an emotive statement shown to the judge, the girl said she felt “felt dirty” and had lost her pride and innocence.