Jailed sex abuser ‘paid dearly for infatuation’ with girl of 15

A MAN who lied about his age to a 15-year-old girl has been jailed after kissing and touching her. 

Sahhwat Ali, who was 43 at the time, lied to the girl and told her he was closer to 30.

The pair exchanged text messages, with Ali sending a number of sexually explicit ones.

The teenager told people she was going to the library but instead met Ali at a property that was being renovated on Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury.

Leeds Crown Court was told that the pair laid on a sofa with Ali on top of the girl simulating sex.

He kissed her and touched her over her clothing but did stop when asked to do so.

The court was told that Ali was “infatuated” with her and had professed his love for her.

He had given the girl a phone to contact him on.

When he was questioned at the time, he denied responsibility saying: “I didn’t touch her. She’s absolutely lying.”

Lee Kanu QC, representing Ali, told the court his client had found it difficult to admit letting his family down and had stopped as soon as the girl asked him to.

“This is an infatuation that came about one way or the other,” said Mr Kanu.

“He is a man in his 40s who has never committed any offences.

“This is an older man who has had his head turned. If she was 16 it would have been another matter but she was 15 and it is a matter he has paid dearly for.”

Ali, who is now 46, of Gardens Crescent, Ravensthorpe, admitted sexual activity with a child in June 2014 and was jailed for 20 weeks and ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years.

Recorder Bryan Cox QC said the level of grooming meant that he had no choice but to jail Ali.

“It is clear over a couple of weeks you set out to persuade her to engage in sexual activity,” he said.

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