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Rotherham man jailed for abusing teenage girl

Mark Hastie Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Mark Hastie pleaded guilty to five offences at Sheffield Crown Court

A man has been sentenced to four years in a young offenders' institute for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Mark Hastie, 20, pleaded guilty to five offences, including sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was arrested after the girl's father told police his teenage daughter was being contacted by an older man.

Hastie, of Fleming Way, Rotherham, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.

The court heard that following his arrest police discovered Hastie had been sending inappropriate messages to his victim, encouraging her to engage in sexual activity with him.

Officers also discovered a number of indecent images of children.

Det Insp John Fitzgibbons, said: "Hastie preyed on a young, vulnerable girl for his own sexual gratification and his victim has been very brave in coming forward and telling us what happened."

Hastie was also made the subject of a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and his name will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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