A businessman who had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl has been jailed for five years.
Craig Evans was found guilty of two charges of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and two of abduction by removing the girl from her mother’s care
Craig Evans, 25, of Tylorstown, Rhondda, had pretended to be on business trips but was spending the night at Premier Inns and Travelodges with the teenager, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard.
Evans and the teenager spoke about having a baby together and decided on the name Jack if it was a boy.
He had chosen an engagement ring and planned to propose on the London Eye when the girl reached 16.
But the court was told her worried mother called in police.
Businessman had sex with 14-year-old girl and booked hotel rooms on credit card
Text messages sent
Evans, who ran his own newspaper distribution company, was served with a child abduction notice preventing him contacting the girl.
But police spotted them together in his company car.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees said Evans “pestered her for sex” and used his credit card to book a room at a Premier Inn.
He said: “They had unprotected sex and she had a few scares but didn’t fall pregnant.
“They would talk about having a baby together and used the name Jack.”
Police were able to retrieve explicit sexual text messages sent between the pair which Evans had deleted.
Evans had told police the girl was “obsessed” with him and would not leave him alone.
Alex Greenwood, defending, claimed she opted not to give her evidence behind a screen or by CCTV because she wanted to see Evans in the dock.
“You were repeatedly warned not to have contact with her”
A jury found Evans guilty of two charges of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and two of abduction by removing the girl from her mother’s care.
Mr Greenwood described Evans, of Tylorstown, Rhondda, as a “hard working young man” with no previous convictions.
Judge Patrick Curran QC told him: “You had befriended the girl and she had become plainly infatuated with you.
“You had full sexual intercourse with her.
“You were repeatedly warned not to have contact with her but insisted on doing so.”
The judge said Evans had a “good work record” but had lost his business because of his relationship with the schoolgirl.
Evans was jailed for four years for sexual activity with the girl and five years for abduction. The sentences will run concurrently.