October 2020

Cowling man Jake Smith jailed at Bradford Crown Court for sexual activity with a child

A man has been jailed for two years for having sex with an underage girl.

Jake Smith, 24, of Lingcrag Gardens, Cowling, near Keighley, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and sexual communication with a child.

Prosecutor Gillian Batts told Bradford Crown Court the offences came to light when police interrogated his phone. The teenage victim had not co-operated with the investigation.

Judge Richard Mansell QC said only an immediate prison sentence was appropriate in the case to deter others from similar offending against children.

Smith was ordered to sign on the sex offender register for ten years.