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Barnsley Man Jailed For Child Sex Offences

Monday March 16 2015

A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Andrew Gosling, 21, of Masons Way, Kendray, pleaded guilty to inciting sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Police began investigating after the parents of the teenage girl raised concerns that their daughter had become secretive and they suspected she was being contacted by Gosling.

The investigation uncovered that, over a two-year period, Gosling repeatedly contacted the girl through internet messaging.

Gosling admitted to inciting sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity with the child after originally meeting her in 2012 when she was 12 years old.

He was sentenced to three years and six months in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Acting Detective Inspector Heather Stocks said: "This case highlights the importance of spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation. The parents' vigilance in recognising the signs ensured that this offence could be investigated and the perpetrator brought to justice.

"I hope that the sentence can ensure that the girl and her family can begin to rebuild their lives and we will continue to provide any support that they require."

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