A Bury Army Cadet sergeant has been jailed after sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Martin Henderson (22/05/1990) of Margaret Street was jailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to sexual assault and grooming at an earlier hearing.
In summer 2016, Henderson met the teenager and started messaging her on Snapchat, sending a number of text messages.
Within a few weeks, the messages had escalated to the point where Henderson was telling the victim he loved her.
Henderson then asked to meet the teenager on a street near her house where he sexually assaulted her.
Following a disclosure made to police, Henderson was arrested on Wednesday 6 July 2016 in Radcliffe at which point officers seized his phone and laptop.
Henderson was formally charged on 4 July 2017 and appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court before pleading guilty to the charges he faced and today, Wednesday 7 March 2018, he has been jailed for 1 year and 8 months.
He also received a sexual harm prevention order and will remain on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Detective Constable Lindsey Worrall of GMP’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team, said: “Henderson’s sickening behaviour is every parent’s worst nightmare, spending weeks messaging a teenager and gaining her trust just so he could take advantage of her.
“The teenager has shown immense bravery in coming forward and she should feel proud that her disclosure has helped to secure the sentence Henderson will now serve behind bars.
“The exploitation of children is absolutely unacceptable and our team of specialists in this field work tirelessly to show those who do, that this behaviour will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.”
Please visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do about it.