Prison for child-sex pervert

A PERVERT who groomed a 14-year-old boy for sex has been jailed for three years.

Jon Sparkes, 31, of Dyson Street, Brighouse, drove to Scunthorpe to meet the teenager he had been chatting to online for around two weeks.

The pair had met on a chatroom for gay men, but soon began talking on their mobile phones about themselves and their sexuality.

Sparkes knew the boy was only 14, but carried on anyway.

Bradford Crown Court heard the boy had told Sparkes he was a virgin but wanted a homosexual experience.

They arranged to meet on January 23 this year.

Sparkes drove to Scunthorpe, where the boy lived, then drove him back to his home in Brighouse.

The teen had not told anyone, except one of his close friends, where he was going.

The friend had warned him to stay in touch.

Once there the boy said he wanted to talk but Sparkes almost immediately instigated sex.

They performed oral sex on each other.

Kitty Taylor, prosecuting, said: “Although the boy consented to what took place, due to his age and dawning sexuality he was in effect vulnerable, lacking in experience and maturity.”

During their meeting, the boy was regularly texting his friend and Sparkes became concerned and decided to drive him back to Scunthorpe.

The boy’s friend had told her grandmother, who alerted police. They followed Sparkes back to his home in Brighouse where he was arrested.

Sparkes admitted three counts, one of meeting a child after sexual grooming and two of sexual activity with a child.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said: “This was not about you being gay, it was about you being a paedophile.

“You were anxious to meet him for your sexual gratification. He was anxious to meet you because he was a naive boy wanting a sexual experience, not knowing the massive risk and danger into which he was placing himself.

“You gave no thought to his youthfulness and vulnerability and you gave no thought to his parents and no thought to the effect of this activity on the young boy.” He was sentenced to three years in prison.

He was also given a conditional discharge for possessing indecent images of children.

DI Gail Lawrie, head of Calderdale’s District Safeguarding Unit, said: “We take these matters extremely seriously and conducted a thorough investigation.

“Sparkes was arrested and remanded in custody while the matter was fully investigated.

“West Yorkshire Police is committed to keeping the public safe and we will always take the appropriate action to protect the public and especially - as in this particular case - a vulnerable young boy.

“We hope that the sentence today serves as a deterrent to others.”