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Northampton paedophile jailed for teenager sex assault

A Northampton man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl he met on the internet has been jailed for six years.

Daniel Bryant, 30, approached the 13-year-old on the networking site Netlog, claiming to be 18.

He took her to his flat on Broadmead Avenue where he sexually assaulted her three times on three occasions in 2010 and 2011.

Sentencing at Northampton Crown Court, Recorder Helen Malcolm said Bryant's late guilty plea was "unforgivable".

"You left her for months in the belief that she had to give evidence to the court and that is unforgivable," she told Bryant.

'Pictures of rape'

"You are an intelligent man. You lied to her about your age in an attempt to lead her on.

"It was inevitable that these offences would be met with an immediate custodial sentence."

Bryant, who was also banned from working with children for life, pleaded guilty to having underage sex. He also admitted two sex offences and possessing indecent images

The pair first started chatting on the site. When they met, the victim told police that she thought he looked slightly older than 18.

Police were informed when the girl was told about Bryant's real age.

The court heard officers seized his computer and found 47 indecent images.

Bryant had searched the internet for "free pictures of rape" and "pre teen lesbians".

Matthew Kirk, mitigating, said Bryant was unemployed, isolated and depressed.

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