A MAN who groomed and sexually abused a 14-year-old boy from Didcot has been jailed for two years and eight months by a judge at Oxford Crown Court.

David Warner, from Chelmsford in Essex, admitted three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 13 and one count of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Prosecutor Charles Ward-Jackson said the 35-year-old met up with his victim in Barton, Oxford, on October 11 last year after chatting to him on social networking site Skype.

He told Judge Ian Pringle the pair spent a weekend together having sex three times and performing a sex act on one another.

Mr Ward-Jackson said after they went their separate ways, the teenager told his mum what had happened, as well as a student protection officer at his school, which led to the defendant's arrest.

Peter Du Feu, defending, said: “What the defendant did was to succumb to the temptation of meeting up with a boy who wanted to meet him, but clearly was far too young for him.

“Having done that he really did realise that it was entirely wrong.’’ Judge Pringle said to Warner: “People may have different views about the age of consent in this country, but the fact is the law is the law.

“You should not have been having sex with him.’’ Warner broke down in tears as he was sentenced to 32 months in prison and made subject to a sexual offences prevention order, which bans him from unsupervised contact with children or use of social networking sites.

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