A Merseyside army cadet sergeant who groomed, exploited and raped a vulnerable 12-year-old schoolgirl was today jailed for nine years.
Predator Shaun Jones manipulated and humiliated his child victim as he carried out a string of vile sex attacks when he was aged 17.
Jones, of Haydn Road, West Derby, was today locked up on his 19th birthday after admitting a raft of 20 sex offence charges.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how Jones’s victim became “infatuated” and “obsessed” after he put her “under his spell”.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “You took away her innocence, you took away her childhood, you took away her virginity.
“You sexually assaulted her in a variety of different ways over a period of time.
“I am quite satisfied that you were manipulating her and were doing so for your own sexual gratification.”
The court heard how Jones made the girl perform sex acts upon him, raped her, and indecently attacked the youngster in public.
He also demanded the girl send x-rated images and video of herself, and sent explicit ones in return.
The youngster told police that Jones had made her “fall in love” with him, even though she “didn’t want to be”.
She told officers: “I knew it wasn’t right. I knew I shouldn’t be doing it but I became obsessed with him.”
The girl also said she blamed herself and believed what happened to her was her own fault.
But Judge Aubrey said: “She was wrong about that. It wasn’t her fault at all.
“It was yours, in consequence of your grooming, your exploitation.
“That observation by her illustrates the psychological harm and the scars you have left.
“She was the victim, you were the perpetrator.”
The court heard that the girl was undergoing counselling and had become withdrawn, often locking herself in her bedroom.
Judge Aubrey said she had suffered “everlasting and permanent” damage.
Robert Wyn Jones, defending, said Jones was remorseful and had tried to take his life while on remand in prison.
He said his client had “excelled” while in the cadets.
Mr Wyn Jones said: “He tells me there have been suicide attempts while at Altcourse, so to a degree he is a vulnerable young man.
“But I can’t press that too far because he initiated the relationship and persisted in it.
“He has asked me to apologise on his behalf.”
Jones was also indefinitely banned from associating with children and changing his name under the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.
Jones was part of the Liverpool Scouse Nationalists, one of the various splinter groups. Thanks to the North West Infidels for bringing it to our attention.