A MAN who raped a 12-year-old girl at a retail park in Havant has been jailed for 10 years.
John Astley pleaded guilty to raping the girl, from Chichester, when he appeared at Hove Crown Court.
The 34-year-old also admitted causing a child to engage in pornography.
The court heard how in January of this year, Astley met his victim online.
Over the next few weeks he met her twice in Sunderland.
Then on March 8, he travelled from his hometown of Bolton to West Sussex and met the girl late at night.
He took her away from her Chichester home to a retail car park in Havant and raped her there, the court was told.
As he was driving her home, the family discovered she was missing and called the police.
Astley was arrested nearby. When officers examined his mobile phone they found indecent images of the victim on the device. As well as his 10-year sentence, Astley, of Wyndham Avenue, Bolton, was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.
He will received an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which will restrict his access to children.
Detective Constable David Midgley, from Sussex Police, which led the inquiry, welcomed the prison sentence.
He said: ‘This was a particularly nasty case, with Astley taking advantage of a young, vulnerable girl.
‘The sentence imposed reflects the tough stance the justice system takes against people who commit offences against those that are vulnerable. Even when Astley is released from prison, the Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed by the court will ensure he remains closely supervised.’