A DEVIOUS ex-brewery worker who "corrupted" an Accrington schoolgirl with secret sex sessions was this week starting a 40-month jail term.
George Moore's victim was an inexperienced child when she met him but the defendant introduced her to sex and gave her alcohol.
Moore, then working for Thwaites and who has a daughter just two years younger than his victim, did not use contraception.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the girl's emotional well-being had been affected as a result of her two-month involvement with Moore and her school work had suffered at a time when she was studying for examinations.
Sentencing, Judge Barbara Watson told Moore it was of no relevance that the girl, 15, was a willing party.
Moore, 35, who was living in Accrington at the time of the offences but is now living in County Antrim, admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child, last year.
The defendant, who had no previous convictions, was also given an extended licence period of two years. He was disqualified from working with children, must not have unsupervised contact with girls under 16 and was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
Judith McCullough, prosecuting, told the court Moore performed sex acts on the girl and told her not to tell anybody. He sent her text messages and the girl later told police she enjoyed the attention.
On one occasion, she did not want to go to school, forged a letter saying she had a dental appointment and met up with the defendant. They went back to his house but he ensured they did not go in together.
Miss McCullough said Moore got the girl to perform a sex act on him in a car and then took her to a petrol station and bought her a drink. The defendant came under suspicion after the girl's mother noticed a change in her daughter's behaviour. When police were called in last December, Moore denied anything had happened and claimed she had been telling lies.
Mark Stuart, defending, said Moore was aware of the psychological damage that would have been caused to the child and had not sought to put the blame on anybody's shoulders but his own.
Moore, said by the probation service to be at low risk of re-offending, was in a state of shock, anxiety and remorse.
After the case, Detective Constable Susan Smith, of Accrington CID, said she was pleased with the sentence.