A paedophile who groomed a 14-year-old girl for sex after meeting her in an Internet chatroom has been jailed for three years.
Mark Caudery, 34, targeted his young victim in a forum for those suffering depression as she tried to come to terms with the death of her father.
The pair exchanged messages through Facebook with Caudery encouraging the teen to send him indecent images and eventually a graphic video of herself.
After they met for sex in February 2014, Caudery then sent the girl a video of himself performing a sex act.
He was eventually arrested when his victim confided in a school mentor telling them what had happened.
Appearing at Birmingham Crown Court he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in a sex act and performing a sex act in the presence of a child.
He also admitted two charges of possession of indecent images of a child after police discovered 280 images, some of his victim as well as other children, on a laptop computer.
Samantha Forsyth, defending, said Caudery, of Sheffield Road, Kings Heath, was university educated and repulsed by his own actions.
She said he had previously sought help, even walking into a police station in 2006 with indecent images and begging for treatment.
On that occasion he received a only a police caution but never any help to address his attraction to children.
Urging the court to pass a suspended sentence she said; “He is a man with insight and aware of how society will view him.
“Not many people have this level of insight and before coming to court are begging for help to control his urges.
“In custody nothing is going to be done with him, the help and intervention he needs is not going to be available to him.
“He is desperate to stop reoffending.”
Jailing Caudery for three years, Judge Richard Bond said; “You are a self-confessed paedophile and have been for a number of years.
“When aged 32 and she was 14 you met her in a chatroom where people went to discuss depression.
“You knew she was feeling low because her father had died.
“I sentence you on the basis this was not simply a chance meeting in that particular chat room.
“Going into that chat room you were seeking contact with a vulnerable child.
“The evidence reveals you groomed her over many months to get her trust and it ended up with her sending images over the Internet which were indecent.”
The court heard the victim’s mother contacted Caudery as he groomed the girl warning him away and revealing the teenager’s age.
But after the girl made further contact with him he arranged to met her for sex.
Judge Bond went on: “You charmed your way into her affections not because you liked her but because you have a sexual interest in children.”