A teenager who had sex with two underage girls has been jailed.
Stephen Devlin was told by a judge he had taken advantage of his victims’ naivety and had been able to “present himself in a romantic light”.
The 19-year-old, of Read’s Avenue, central Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to five offences of sexual activity with a child - four of them involving one of the girls.
Devlin had been 18 at the time of the offences, while both his victims were 13.
A judge at Preston Crown Court gave him five years custody, with four years extended licence to follow.
He will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely and subject to a sexual offences prevention order.
Nick Kennedy, prosecuting, said the offences initially came to light when one of the victims told a social worker in the joint police and social care team, called Awaken.
John Woodward, defending, said Devlin had made a terrible mistake for which he was sorry, but he had been immature at the time.
Sentencing Devlin, Judge Pamela Badley said: “It appears the case you took advantage of the naivety of these girls.
“You were able to present yourself in a romantic light.
“However it is quite clear they were utterly mistaken.”
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