A man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to child sexual abuse dating back more than 10 years.
Faisal Ahmed, 42, from Luton, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on, Friday, (4 May) after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child.
Ahmed received a sentence of four years. He will also be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which will be in force until such time as a further order is put in place.
His Honour Judge Foster, presiding, said: “This was a classic case of the grooming of a vulnerable child, by an older man.”
In 2006, Ahmed met his victim at a local leisure centre, when she was aged just 15. He would buy her alcohol and cigarettes, and gave her a new mobile phone, before getting her drunk and having sex with her.
Ahmed continued to exploit the girl, including taking her on a shopping trip, before forcing her to engage in more sexual activity.
Detective Sergeant Sandra Wharton said: “This was a clear case of child sexual exploitation. Ahmed took advantage of the vulnerability of his victim, plying her with gifts and alcohol, and manipulating her into having sex with him, despite knowing how young she was.
“We will not tolerate any form of child sexual abuse and we’re pleased that despite the length of time since the offences took place, we have secured a conviction against Ahmed and he has received a prison sentence.
“We hope this will give others the confidence to come forward and report abuse, no matter how long ago it may have taken place.
“We work closely with our partner agencies to protect young people from sexual exploitation, and are continuing to raise awareness of this very important issue.”