Oldham man groomed teenager he met online

An Oldham man has been jailed after admitting to grooming a teenage girl and engaging in sexual activity with her.

Thomas Johnstone admitted the offences during a recent appearance at Mancheter Crown Court Crown Square.

The court heard in March last year the 21-year-old began communicating with his victim online, and the conversations were sexual from the outset.

Knowing she was a teenager Johnstone arranged on numerous occasions to meet her in Hyde in Tameside and engaged in sexual activity with her.

Police received a report and arrested him in the company of his victim.

When officers received his phone the conversations he had been having with the girl emerged.

At court the man from Walter Mills Way in Oldham admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming with the intention of engaging in sexual activity and also inciting a child to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.

He was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been imposed.

He will also be required to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for a period of 10 years.