A paedophile who groomed a teenage schoolgirl and convinced her to send sexually explicit materials to him has been jailed.
David Rainbow, of Coytrahen, Bridgend, encouraged the teenager to send him videos and pictures of her carrying out sex acts.
The 36-year-old's “systematic attempt to groom” the young girl was foiled by a teacher during the school day after pictures of Rainbow's genitals were found on her phone.
In a futile bid to save himself he told “a number of lies” during his jury trial last month instead of showing any remorse or taking any responsibility for the pain he caused his victim.
He was found guilty on all six sexual offences charges at Cardiff Crown Court.
Prosecutor Harry Baker read out a harrowing extract from the victims statement, which read: “The incident with David has made me feel sad and scared. I’m scared of David. I haven’t been sleeping tidy.”
Judge Twomlow said Rainbow’s despicable conduct had a “significant effect” on the victim in the case.
Rainbow was found guilty of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of possession of indecent images of a child, and three counts of sexual communication with a child.
Rainbow was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison at Newport Crown Court, he will be on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely and also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
South Wales Police Detective Constable Louise Reynolds, highlighted the bravery of the victim and said "I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report such appalling crimes.
"But I hope sentences such as these prove to victims that they will be believed and that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process."