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Vic man, 36, jailed for sex with child

AAP logoAAP 7/10/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Melbourne man who told a 14-year-old girl age didn't matter to him and had sex with her to "christen his new car" has been jailed for child sex offences.

Aaron Ford, 36, was on Friday jailed for at least 18 months after earlier pleading guilty to charges of persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16, and possessing and producing child pornography.

Ford was 32 when he met the girl through one of her relatives, Victorian County Court judge Wendy Wilmoth said.

He began spending a lot of time with her and her family, and took the girl to and from school.

"You told her you loved her and asked her out, and bought her flowers," said the judge.

The girl told him it was wrong because of the age difference.

"But you told her age didn't matter to you," said Judge Wilmoth.

While driving the girl home from an excursion to a theme park on the Mornington Peninsula, Ford asked her to have sex with him.

"You suggested having sex to christen the new car."

When the girl was 15, she stayed over at Ford's home and offered to sleep on the floor.

Ford asked her to have sex, and the girl said no, but relented when Ford continued to ask her, the court was told.

A month later she told her mother what had been happening and the abuse was reported to police.

At about the same time, Ford sent emails to the girl's school email address saying he was hurt by her avoidance, and begged her to tell him directly that she no longer wanted to see him.

When interviewed by police, Ford denied there had been any sexual activity with the underage girl.

Police later found hundreds of photos of the girl on Ford's computer, including images of her in sexual positions.

Ford pleaded guilty to the three charges against him one day before his trial was due to start.

"You knew the complainant was a vulnerable girl and you exploited her vulnerability and immaturity," said Judge Wilmoth.

"Not only did you manipulate this girl's will, you also abused the trust placed in you by her mother and others."

Judge Wilmoth noted Ford did not have any previous convictions and had undergone major surgery in June for chronic back pain linked to a work injury, which would make his imprisonment onerous.

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