Pervert Josh Checksfield asked a schoolgirl to send him naked pictures of herself and encouraged her to perform a sex act.
The 18-year-old also sent her pictures and videos of himself performing a sex act after communicating with her on Snapchat and Instagram using different accounts and a variety of account names.
And when he met up with the girl he kissed her on the lips on two occasions.
The defendant was arrested when a third party discovered the messages were continuing.
Now Checksfield has avoided a two-and-a-half year jail sentence – and instead left Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court with a three year community order to allow him to receive the support of the probation service.
One of the messages referred to the girl as ‘lovely’.
Prosecutor Peter Arnold said: “There were messages encouraging the girl to get naked and to send pictures, and asking her to perform a sex act.
“The complainant said he had sent her naked photos and asked her to send him naked photos back. She said he sent photos and videos of himself performing a sex act.
“He tried to persuade her to leave her house in the early hours of the morning. He told her he would look after her. He kissed her on the lips on two occasions.”
Checksfield, of Fletcher Road, Stoke, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual communication with a child.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, urged Judge Paul Glenn to impose the three year community order so his client can benefit from input from the probation service. He had spent time in custody on remand and has no previous convictions.
Mr Muldoon added: “Given his guilty pleas, lack of previous convictions, and lack of any involvement with the probation service, would you give him a chance? He knows that if he does not grab it with both hands he will come back before the court and go to prison. He is adamant he can change the way he has been living his life.”
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Judge Glenn described the community order as an alternative to the two-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Judge Glenn said: “The child is terrified of you and wanted to move away from the area to get away from you.
“I do not accept for a minute you believed she was 16. Nor do I accept you have no sexual attraction to children.
“You are a high risk of causing serious harm to children, in particular females aged 12 to 16. But you are not charged with contact offences.”
The community order includes a sexual offending group work programme and a 45-day rehabilitation activity requirement. His movements will be tracked for six months using GPS monitoring.
He has also been made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years and been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.