A 33-YEAR-OLD man who groomed and had sexual activity with a child has been jailed.

Police have welcomed the sentencing of James Prytherch, of Cheviot Avenue, Ashtons Green for his "appalling crimes".

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Prytherch admitted a total of 16 counts of sexual activity with a child, sexual communication with a child and grooming offences.

At Liverpool Crown Court he was sentenced to six years in prison and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

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Liverpool Crown Court

Reacting to the sentencing, Detective Constable Rebecca Robinson said: “The victim in this case has shown great courage in coming forward to police and I hope todays sentencing gives her some closure and allows her to move forward with her life.

“The crimes Prytherch committed against the victim are appalling and we welcome the fact that he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars, where he will no longer pose a risk to children.

"I also hope this sentencing encourages anyone who has suffered a sexual offence to please contact us. We have a specialist team ready to treat you with respect, care and compassion and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly investigated.”

  • Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence contact the Unity team on 0151 777 1382 or call officers on 101. You can also contact DM @MerPolCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.