A man who sexually abused a teenage girl has been jailed.
Edward Smith, 24, of Bury pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.
Smith was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison at Manchester Crown Court, Minshull Street. He also received a ten-year sexual offence prevention order.
In February 2017, police received a report after a witness had seen Smith and a 15-year-old girl kissing in a takeaway in Bury.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child and later pleaded guilty.
Detective Constable Tina Jackson of GMP’s Bury Phoenix Child Sexual Exploitation Team, released a statement. “Smith knew how old the girl was and despite this, pursued her and engaged in a sexual relationship with her.
“I hope this result demonstrates our commitment to getting justice for victims of child sexual exploitation”.
Phoenix is the team that tackles child sexual exploitation and related harm in the Borough of Bury.
The team includes professionals from the police, children’s social care, health and Early Break.
They provide a safe and confidential environment where young people can go for help, advice and support.
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