Pervert who groomed and sexually abused two young girls has been jailed for four years
Mark Blaylock, 42, was convicted by a jury at Hull Crown Court of three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and three of attempted sexual activity with a child.
The court heard the abuse began when both victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were aged 13.
On the first occasion, Blaylock tried to kiss one of the girls while standing next to her.
John Thackray, prosecuting, said: “He told her he really liked her and put his arm around her.”
Just over a year later, Blaylock, of 16th Avenue, north Hull, began contacting the same girl on Facebook, which was followed by him kissing and touching her on several occasions.
He then carried out a more serious sexual assault on the girl.
Her mother discovered what was going on after logging on to her Facebook account, which showed the contact Blaylock had been having with the girl.
“What she saw horrified her,” Mr Thackray said.
The girl explained what had happened to her when questioned by her mother, who then contacted police.
The other girl suffered a similar experience, with Blaylock putting his arms around her, touching her, and trying to kiss her before committing a more serious sexual assault, during which he kept calling her “lovely”, the court heard.
Mr Thackray said: “The prosecution say he was grooming both girls, gradually building up the abuse from kissing to touching.”
Sentencing Blaylock, who denied any wrongdoing, Judge Peter Kelson QC said the abuse had a “profound” effect on the girls and had taken place after “prolonged grooming”.
Blaylock was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.