A MAN has been branded a danger to young girls and jailed for 11 years.
Matthew Ali’s licence on his release from prison was extended by four years in order to protect the public from future offending.
Ali, 29, was said to be in complete denial despite being convicted of raping a schoolgirl and committing various sexual offences against her when she was just 13 and 14.
A jury earlier heard prosecution claims that he took advantage of the vulnerable girl and started to pay her for sexual favours.
The rape charge arose from the first time they had sex behind a community centre when she changed her mind and said no, but he carried on regardless and gave her £20.
Sentencing him at Mold Crown Court yesterday, Judge Philip Hughes placed him on the sex offender register for life and made him subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) to curb his future activities.
He said he was satisfied Ali, a roofer from Pentre Gwyn, Caia Park, Wrexham, posed “a significant risk of serious harm” to young girls.
“I must deal with you as a dangerous offender,” he said.
Ali had seen the victim in her school uniform, he befriended her and the judge told him: “It is quite obvious you took a fancy to her.”
He told her she was “fit”, he became a Facebook friend, obtained her mobile number and when he discovered her family were very short of money he “took his chance” by persuading her to earn money by providing him with sexual favours.
It was clear he did the running, and had contacted her a huge number of times. The police investigation showed that he contacted her 1,781 times by phone, he persuaded her to have sex with him and he paid her for it.
“She was a vulnerable girl who succumbed to the temptation to make money.
“You were twice her age and you coerced her to prostitute herself for you.”
The judge said that the girl was for the most part willing because she desperately wanted money but her vulnerability and naivety must have been obvious to him.
The judge said of the girl: “She was for the most part a willing participant but she desperately wanted money because her mother could not afford to provide her with money.
He told Ali: “She sometimes initiated contact with you in order to make money but it is quite obvious you were the initiator who was doing all the running.
“Her young age and vulnerability must have been obvious to you. Her naivety must have been obvious to you.”
Jury members were told that Ali got her to send a photograph of herself to him in a sexual pose.
Wyn Lloyd Jones, prosecuting, said Ali threatened to post it on the internet if she did not have sex with him.
The girl was only 13 and was paid £10 or £20 to engage in various sex acts with him.
The sordid affair came out when the girl in desperation tried to take her own life and told a hospital nurse what was going on.
He denied raping the girl and nine charges of paying a child aged 13 and 14 for sexual services but was convicted.
John Wyn Williams, defending, stressed Ali had no previous sexual convictions, there was no pattern, he had been in contact with other children and young people without any problem in the past. He continued to deny the offences.
Ali told the jury he had never spoken to the girl or had any sexual contact with her.
He said someone else must have used his telephone and he would leave his Facebook account unattended and someone else must have impersonated him.
In evidence, he said someone was trying to set him up. Ali said he had a normal, healthy sexual relationship with his partner and denied taking advantage of the girl because she had no money, saying he was short of money too.
He claimed the allegations were “a pack of lies“ and said he would never “fancy a child”.