Man grooms 13-year-old girl on Snapchat, had sex with her six times

A ‘manipulative’ pervert has been jailed after grooming a 13-year-old girl on Snapchat for months before having sex with her six times.

Christopher Lowde, 21, of Driffield, East Yorkshire, left the girl fearing she was pregnant after they had sex in the front passenger seat of his car after meeting in a nightclub.

After the pregnancy scare had passed several weeks later, they also had sex on an industrial estate and at his parents’ house – leaving the girl feeling ‘violated’, Hull Crown Court was told.

Lowde pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child and was jailed for 21 months.

He was first contacted by the girl in late 2013, but arranged to meet her in a nightclub in spring 2014 – and at the end of the evening, she agreed to have sex with him after he asked.

Lowde drove the girl to the coastal village of Fraisthorpe and then had sex with her in his car.

David Gordon, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant took her home. She was concerned about being pregnant. No protection had been used.

‘The defendant took fright and stopped contacting her for about three weeks until the pregnancy scare had gone.’

Lowde contacted the girl again through Snapchat and agreed to meet him again. He drove her to an industrial estate near Bridlington and had sex with her again in his car.

The girl told police she had sex with Lowde six times in total, including at Lowde’s parents’ home. Mr Gordon said: ‘Looking back, she feels violated and realises he was just using her for sex.’

In mid-2014 the girl confided in a child protection officer at her school and Lowde was arrested.

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