John Leslie Graham, aged 53, from Edinburgh Road, Maryport, has been sentenced to six years at Carlisle Crown Court for grooming, possession of indecent images, prohibited images and extreme pornography.

Graham’s offences came to light in January 2013 after his victim, a girl in her teens, told a family member how she had been receiving sexually explicit text messages. Through an investigation by the police the level of sexual abuse, indecent and prohibited images, and the extreme pornography were revealed.

Detective Constable Andrea Davidson, who led the investigation, said:

“The victim in this case was upset and distressed by what was happening and it had an effect on her life.

“Once these offences came to light, we were able to investigate Graham’s actions and bring him to justice. The sentence today reflects the impact that he had on his victim.

“We will always investigate allegations of this nature thoroughly and professionally, with the priority being on the support of the victim. We encourage anyone not to suffer any form of abuse in silence. Confide in someone you trust, they will be able to help you.”

Anyone with any concerns should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.