A man who had sex with an underage schoolgirl more than a decade ago has been given a three year jail term.
Stephen Robson convinced the girl that “other lads were just after her for sex” and then started a physical relationship with her.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Robson was in his early 20s when met the girl, from South Shields.
In an impact statement the victim said she was “sold a fairytale” by Robson, but left with depression and anxiety.
Robson, now 34, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two charges of having sexual activity with a child.
He admitted in interview that he had had sex with the girl but when asked what age she was at the time, he claimed he “was not very good with numbers”.
The court heard he is currently serving a prison term of more than three years for burglary, which was imposed last year.
Mr Recorder Euan Duff today sentenced him to three years behind bars, which will commence after his current prison term is completed.
Robson, who has no other convictions for sexual offences, must sign the sex offender register for life.
The judge told him: “This girl was entitled to grow up and have a relationship with boys her own age, gradually growing in to a sexual relationship with someone in an appropriate manner.”
Gavin Doig, defending, said Robson was immature at the time and is not a “predatory paedophile”.
He added: “There is no evidence whatsoever of any interest since then of this defendant and underage girls.”