Child sex pervert given jail sentence

Michael Wicks
Michael Wicks

A pervert who groomed and engaged in sexual activity a 15-year-old girl has been jailed.

Michael Wicks, 31, of Skip Lane, Hutton, even told his victim that if she did not keep meeting her he would take his own life.

He continued to contact her despite being served with a child abduction warning notice in May this year, warning him the girl was under 18 and he should stop communicating with her.

He was jailed for three years and eight months and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) by Preston Crown Court.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register and given a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim.

He had previously pleaded guilty in July this year to seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Wicks committed the offences against a 15-year-old girl in the South Ribble area between February and June this year.

Det Sgt Vicky Leighton, from Operation Cherish, said: “Wicks preyed on this young girl and groomed her despite knowing her age and her vulnerability.”