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  • 6 August 2014, 20:22

Man Jailed For Raping 'Vulnerable' Girl, 12

A Bolton man has been jailed for 10 years for raping a "vulnerable" 12-year-old girl.

John Astley, 34, groomed the girl he met online before taking her to a car park, where he raped her.

He met up with the girl twice in Sunderland before travelling from Bolton to West Sussex, then to Havant where the rape took place.

Sussex Police said as Astley drove the girl home late at night, the girl's family discovered she was missing and rang police.

Astley was arrested nearby. Police discovered indecent images of the victim stored on his mobile phone.

Appearing in Hove Crown Court, Astley pleaded guilty to rape and admitted causing a child to engage in pornography.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and is the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Detective Constable David Midgley, of Sussex Police, said: "This was a particularly nasty case, with Astley taking advantage of a young, vulnerable girl.

"The sentence imposed reflects the tough stance the justice system takes against people who commit offences against those that are vulnerable.

"Even when Astley is released from prison, the Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed by the court will ensure he remains closely supervised."

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