A man who had sex with an underage schoolgirl he met over the internet has been allowed to keep his freedom.
Jordan Ramshaw contacted the girl on social media before exchanging messages and asking for naked pictures.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the chat exchanges led to a series of meetings and resulted in the 19-year-old having sex with the teen in his car.
Prosecutor Alec Burns told the court he picked up the girl and drove her to an industrial estate.
Mr Burns said: "They had unprotected sex in the rear of his vehicle."
The court heard Ramshaw had "joked about forgetting her age" after the illegal encounter.
Ramshaw, of Newbottle, Houghton le Spring, pleaded guilty to having sexual activity with a child.
Judge Amanda Rippon told Ramshaw: "Any girl under the age of 16 will be protected by law in this country.
"The law has determined that children of that age are not responsible enough to engage in activity which is serious, mature and requires emotional stability.
"Most young girls, however they appear to you, are not.
"They will be protected by the law of this country and by judges like me who meet young men like you who decide to have sex with girls they should not have sex with."
Judge Rippon said having sex with an underage girl almost always results in an immediate prison sentence but said Ramshaw's jail term could be suspended due to the particular
circumstances of this case.
Judge Rippon told him: "I accept you are sorry, you have been taken up short, you are unlikely to reoffend in this way again. I hope that is right."
The judge said the long jail term that usually follows in such circumstances would be "disproportionate" and added: "He is a young man without the slightest mark against his record.
"He works, he lives at home, he has a good family background, I suspect his parents have brought him up well and brought him up to know better."
Ramshaw was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements and a four month night time curfew.
The judge said any breaches of the order would result in the case being back before her.
She warned Ramshaw: "You do not want to be back before me, do you understand?
"Your feet will not touch the ground."
Ramshaw has to sign the sex offenders register for the next ten years.