Internet groomer who met boy in Bradford jailed for two years

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Crown Court Bradford Crown Court

An internet paedophile who travelled to the Bradford area for sex with a 13-year-old boy in public toilets has been jailed for two years.

Jamie Sylvester, 37, knew his vulnerable victim’s age but commented: “Age isn’t a big matter to me. I just judge them on how mature they are.”

Sylvester, of Gotts Road, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday he travelled to meet the teenager three years ago after they communicated on the internet.

The boy at first pretended he was 18 but then told Sylvester his true age. They went to nearby public toilets and engaged in sexual acts.

Although they met up once again, there was no sexual activity that time, the court was told.

Gerald Hendron, barrister for Sylvester, said he was of previous good character.

“He accepts that what he did was wrong and that it was his responsibility and he accepts the harm he has caused,” Mr Hendron said.

Judge Peter Benson said the boy had been seeking out men on the internet for sexual purposes, although Sylvester did not know that.

He was fully aware of his age and took advantage of a vulnerable victim.

Sylvester must sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and he was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for ten years.

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