A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment after raping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he groomed online.
Peter Christopher Reynolds, from Banstead Court in Westway, was also given a further five years in jail for four counts of making and distributing indecent images, and four years for one count of meeting after grooming online, to run concurrently.
Reynolds, whose name was also added on the sex offenders' register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order at Warwick Crown Court on April 1, had previously pleaded guilty to the offences.
Victim was hospitalised after agreeing to meet defendant
Reynolds, who was 49 at the time, contacted the 15-year-old vulnerable victim via social media.
He groomed her online for a month before persuading her to meet him on June 10 2014.
The matter was not reported to police until later that year as the girl had suffered significant harm to her mental health and was hospitalised as a consequence of Reynolds' actions.
An enquiry followed which eventually identified Reynolds, who during the investigation, had moved home on several occasions including twice in Harrogate, twice in Scotland and eventually to Eagles Cliffe, Stockton-On-Tees, Cleveland, where he was arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police.
'Victim was brave'
Investigating officer Detective Constable Andy Holloway said: "The result reflects the serious nature of the offences and provided some closure for the victim.
"She very bravely stood in the court and faced Reynolds whilst she read out her victim personal statement.
"This must have been incredibly difficult given the impact his actions had on her wellbeing.
"Her courage throughout in bringing him to justice has been remarkable.
"Young people are in real danger when they engage with strangers online, and we would urge anyone who has concerns for themselves or others to contact us via 101."