A FATHER-OF-THREE who plied a vulnerable 14-year-old girl with drugs and sexually abused her in his car, has been jailed for four years.
Ajad Miah (26) had been driving at night on a country road close to the children’s home where the victim lived when he picked her up, offering her a lift, last September.
She had told him her age, but Miah claimed he thought she was 22, that the victim told him she was and he alleged that he had absolutely no idea she lived at the home, Burnley Crown Court had heard.
Miah, whose wife left him, taking the children with her, after his arrest, had earlier been convicted by a jury of two counts of sexual activity with a child.
The defendant, of Gordon Street, Burnley, was also banned from working with children and was given a sexual offences prevention order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim and from associating with or having contact with any female under 16. He was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and the judge ordered his vehicle be taken off him.
The court had been told the defendant had intercourse with the girl and committed a sex act. He had driven around for some time after picking her up and they had sexual activity after several hours in the car.
The jury had heard how the “wild” teenager had been collected by Miah and dropped off near the home on two nights after the offences and staff had noted his registration number. The girl, who had admitted she took drink and drugs at the time, had smoked cannabis in the car.
Miss Elizabeth Nicholls (prosecuting) had told the jury: “He knew very well where she lived because she got in the car and she told him where she lived. She told him about the children’s home.”
“The 14-year-old was going a little wild, running away from home, taking drugs, taking alcohol, taking enormous risks, putting herself in dangerous positions and not caring a jot.”
The sentencing hearing was told the victim would say she been badly affected by what happened. In her victim personal statement, she said she found it hard to trust anybody now.
She said of Miah: “He ripped away my dignity and has broken away the girl I used to be. He has affected me for the rest of my life.”
Miss Caroline Patrick (defending) said there was no evidence anything sexual happened on the further two occasions.
The defendant had three very young children and his life had been turned upside down since his arrest. His wife had walked out and he had only started to see his children again recently.
“That marriage is completely over and the parties are starting to commence the divorce process. The whole family has turned their back on him and disowned him.”
Miss Patrick added Miah now had a girlfriend who would wait for him so they could be together on his release.
Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson said sexual offending of this kind had “deep-seated consequences” for the victim.
After the case DC Nikki Corbett from Operation Freedom, set up to tackle child sexual exploitation, said: “Miah deliberately targeted and preyed on a vulnerable young girl.
“We have worked with the victim and made sure she has been supported throughout what has been a difficult time. She has shown a great deal of bravery and courage throughout the case.
“This type of predatory crime will not be tolerated and through the work of Operation Freedom, we will continue to target, warn and prosecute those responsible. This type of behaviour is not just unacceptable, it is criminal, and we will pursue those people involved and bring them to justice.”