A 31-year-old paedophile who went on holiday with a 15-year-old girl and her family after grooming her online and convincing them he was a teenager has been jailed for six years.
Clinton Stothard tricked the girl’s family into thinking he was her 19-year-old boyfriend.
Stothard, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire also targeted a number of other girls online and encouraged them to send sexually explicit photos to him.
One of his victims, a 14-year-old from Bristol, exchanged more than 3,000 calls and texts with him during a two-week period.
Sentencing Stothard at Sheffield Crown Court last week, the judge described him as “every parent’s worst nightmare” and “a shark swimming in the waters of the internet… preying on children”.
Stothard previously pleaded guilty to a total of 18 charges relating to 39 offences against four children
In addition to being jailed for six years, Stothard will also be subject to an extended period on licence for 12 months and a sexual harm prevention order which will prevent him from living with any person under 18 and allowing police to monitor his internet use.