A dad-of-two must register as a sex offender for ten years after he was found guilty of sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl on Facebook.
Paul Newton, 46, messaged the schoolgirl after she agreed to take pictures of his relative as a mascot.
He had appealed on the social media platform for fans to capture his relative’s big day when they led the Airlie Birds out for a match last season at Hull FC.
The girl responded to the post saying she would take pictures, to which Newton replied that he ‘owed her a drink’.
The pair then exchanged messages for four days, and Newton quickly started making sexual remarks.
He commented on the teenager’s profile picture, complimenting her on her body.
Newton told the schoolgirl that she was ‘every man’s dream’ adding that if her woke up with her every morning, he would be a ‘happy man’.
The girl then alerted the dad-of-two to her age, saying she was only going to be 15 on her next birthday.
Newton apologised, and then added that he would ‘risk it’.
He said: ‘If you ever fancy a fling with an older guy, let me know.’
The 46-year-old then proceeded to message the schoolgirl three further times asking her to meet him.
She eventually replied saying that he would ‘get into trouble’.
Later messages included explicit comments, including: ‘I fancy you like f***.’
When she stopped responding, he added: ‘I know you’ll probably contact the police. I’m so sorry.’
She did, and he was arrested later that day.
Appearing in court, Newton admitted two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
A further charge of grooming was left to lie on the court file.
Judge Paul Watson QC told him: ‘You should be, and you are, in my view, rightly ashamed of yourself, because it’s not just yourself you have brought disgrace upon, but your family as well.’
Newton was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
He must have up to 50 days of rehabilitation and register as a sex offender for ten years.