Sunderland man had sex with child every week for 14 months

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A SUNDERLAND man who had sexual intercourse with a child every week for 14 months has been jailed for 16 years.

David Waller took advantage of the young teenager’s infatuation with him, telling her it wasn’t sex, it was making love, Durham Crown Court heard.

The couple had sex in Waller’s car in Asda’s car park in Grangetown and near St Peter’s church in Monkwearmouth.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said sex also took place in Waller’s caravan in Barnard Castle, a flat he rented in Chester-le-Street and properties in Sunderland.

Contact ceased only after she objected when Waller forced her to take part in a perverted sex act, the court heard.

Mr Newcombe said: “He plied the girl with drink and cigarettes, and gave her gifts of money ranging from £40 to £100.

“On one occasion, he told her she had a perfect bottom and would make an ideal underwear model.

“Sexual contact began after he groped her, and she later sent him a text asking if he wanted to ‘do it’.

“In that respect, she blames herself for what happened.”

The court heard the girl kept a coded record in her diary and confided in her family many years later.

Waller, 44, of Devonshire Street, Monkwearmouth, denied six charges of sexual activity with a child and one of rape.

He was convicted of all charges after a five-day trial.

Waller claimed the girl made up the allegations against him to get compensation.

Don MacFaul, defending, said: “He still denies the offences. Even on the evidence against him, no force was used.

“He is a hard-working man, although he has suffered a set-back in his business.”

Passing the 16-year sentence, Judge Christopher Prince said: “You have shown no empathy for your victim and no concern about putting her through the ordeal of a trial. You are a self-centred, selfish and arrogant man who manipulated this young girl for sexual pleasure.”

The judge commended the victim for the courage she showed in going to court.

Waller must register as a sex offender for life.