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Stalybridge man who 'sexually exploited' girl, 14, jailed

Cameron Wassall Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Wassall pleaded guilty to inciting a girl aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity

A man who "sexually exploited" a 14-year-old girl he groomed by buying cigarettes and chatting on Facebook has been jailed for 12 months.

Cameron Wassall, 21, of Market Street in Stalybridge, befriended the girl at a shop in the town in summer 2013.

They chatted online before she and her friends went to his house where he attacked her, police said.

At Manchester Minshull Street Wassall pleaded guilty to inciting a girl aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Det Con Chris Maddocks said Wassall had "groomed these young girls so he could sexually exploit them".

"He purchased cigarettes for one of the girls to earn her trust before befriending them.

"He then became friends with the girl over Facebook and swapped phone numbers with her [so he could] send her messages which became sexually explicit."

Wassall was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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