A 54-year-old man from Braunstone has been jailed for child sexual abuse at Leicester Crown Court.
Michael Anderson of Webster Road, Braunstone, appeared on Tuesday 16th October, where he pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment, ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and issued with a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He was also issued with a life-long restraining order against the aggrieved.
Anderson, met his victim in 2012 when she was 11 years old and set about befriending her over a number of years.
He bought her sweets, clothes and gave her cigarettes, making out he was someone she could talk to and rely on.
When his victim turned 13, his behaviour towards her changed, becoming predatory. His comments became more personal and he instigated sexual activity with her.
Detective Constable Rebekah Cortez, the investigating officer, said: “Anderson knew exactly what he was doing when he set out to manipulate and take advantage of a child.
“He preyed upon his victim showing no concern for her age or vulnerability.
“The victim lived with the nightmare of what had happened to her for a number of years before she felt able to disclose her ordeal to a teacher.
“I must commend her bravery to reach out and report Anderson’s behaviour to police and I sincerely hope that following today’s outcome she will now begin to move forward with her life.”
Leicestershire Police works in partnership with a number of agencies committed to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).
If you think you are a victim of CSE, or know someone who may be a victim, advice and information on who to speak to can be found by visiting https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/child-sexual-exploitation