September 2017

Pervert claimed he was “too pretty for prison” 

A pervert who claimed he was “too pretty for prison” was jailed for four years after grooming an underage schoolgirl.

Ryan Kirk, 25, of St Andrew’s Close, Sunnyside befriended the teenager on Facebook by claiming he was a 19-year-old man, a court heard.

Sick Kirk would drive the victim to secluded locations in an attempt to coerce her into a sexual relationship, a court heard.

DC Lee Corker investigating said: “He completely took advantage of a young girl and exploited her, to satisfy his own sick and twisted need for control and power.

“When he became aware the police were involved, he begged her to not say what had really happened, claiming he was too pretty to go prison and telling her what she should say, then checking in with her again after she had spoken to police.”

Kirk initially denied one count of grooming and three counts of sexual activity with a child but later entered guilty pleas to the sexual charges at Sheffield Crown Court last week.

He denied the grooming offence but a jury found him guilty on Friday, 4 August.

Corker said: “The courage and bravery this young girl has shown in coming forward is truly commendable.

“Kirk didn’t even have the decency to save her the horrific ordeal of a trial, making her endure the majority of it until he decided to change his plea at the last minute.