A MOTHER has been left upset after a man who sent sexual images to her child avoided jail.

Jordan Ashworth, 27, from south Bradford, admitted to having sexual communications with a child and possessing indecent images of a child when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court.

His Honour Judge Colin Burn sentenced Ashworth to 10 months imprisonment, which was suspended for two years, on Friday, December 8.

The victim's mother told the Telegraph & Argus: "I am not happy with the outcome.

"I never thought in a million years this would have happened to my child.

"I feel he should have gone to prison, so I could tell my child what he did to you was wrong."

The pair were both in an online Playstation gaming group, prosecuting Dave Mackay told the court.

Future conversations on Snapchat led to Ashworth saying he loved the victim who would seek counsel on puberty.

One message sent by Ashworth to the victim said: "You're all I can think about."

The court heard how explicit messages were exchanged before the victim's mother found her child's phone and rang the police.

Ashworth was arrested a day later and his phone was seized. At the time, the 27-year-old said he sent the messages "in error".

The court heard how the victim was still upset and confused by what happened.

The victim has become more isolated.

In a statement read out in court, the victim's mother said that bond with her child has been "taken from her".

Defending Camille said Ashworth had "grown up a lot" and re-educated himself since the offending, but still has work to do.

Judge Burn said the communications took place over two months.

Ashworth must now complete 30 rehabilitation days and 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and a 10-year restraining order.