An aircraft engineer who befriended a Chorley schoolgirl on the internet and performed sexual acts with her has been jailed for 28 months.
Comic con enthusiast Alexander Charles Allen, 31, of Pinewood Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucester, first met his victim online on a website related to the hobby they shared, which sees people dress as their favourite comic characters and attend conventions.
He later met her at one such event, Preston Crown Court was told.
Allen then struck up a relationship with the 15-year-old girl and had lewd conversations with her online.
Prosecuting, Paul Brookwell said they had engaged in sexual activity in a hotel room in Blackpool. Similar offences also took place in his car after he had met the victim in the Wigan area in 2015.
After the girl’s mother learned of the relationship, he sent the woman letters declaring his love for the schoolgirl.
Mr Brookwell said: “This was clearly a relationship that started when he was 29 and she was 15. The age disparity is an aggravating factor.
“Like all 15 years olds they think they are older than they are. The chat on the internet turned to explicit chat before the sexual activity took place”
Allen admitted charges of sexual activity with a child and two counts of intentionally touching the girl.
In a personal impact statement the girl, who is now 17 and cannot be identified for legal reasons, said when she realised the relationship was a “fantasy” she had felt depressed.
Defending, Tom Lord said Allen was sexually and emotionally naive about relationships”. Judge Heather Lloyd imposed a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.