A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after having sex with a 12-year-old girl, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Andrew Gosling, 21, of Masons Way in Kendray, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to inciting sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
Police began investigating after the parents of the girl raised concerns that their daughter had become secretive and they suspected she may be in contact with Gosling.
The investigation uncovered that over a two-year period, Gosling repeatedly contacted the girl through Internet messaging.
Gosling admitted to having sex with the girl since she was 12 years old. He has been sentenced at the Sheffield Crown Court, to three years and six months in prison.
Acting Detective Inspector Heather Stocks said: “This case highlights the importance of spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation. The parents’ vigilance in recognizing the signs, ensured that this offense could be investigated and the perpetrator brought to justice. I hope that the sentence can ensure that the girl and her family rebuild their lives and we will continue to provide any support that they require.”