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Zafar Hanif, 35, is jailed over sex texts to Selby girl, 14
A PERVERT who sent hundreds of explicitly sexual text messages to a 14-year-old girl has been jailed.
Zafar Hanif, 35, made eight phone calls totalling five-and-a-half hours to the Selby teenager on one single day.
On a second occasion, while she was babysitting an 11-year-old girl, Hanif made “very sexually explicit” conversation to the girl via her mobile phone.
He had first contacted her via a social network and within a week they had exchanged mobile phone numbers.
Between April 15 and May 7 last year, he sent her 1,691 text messages.
But the older girl’s father discovered how she had used a series of different internet accounts to get round parental controls on the family computer.
He confiscated her mobile phone and alerted police, Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.
Recorder George Lowe QC said of the sexual contacts: “This was persistent over a substantial period.
“Who knows...well, one knows where it would have led to had the father not been so watchful.”
Hanif had made initial contact with the girl through a conversation about religion which caught her imagination.
“To use your religion in that way is shameful,” the judge told Hanif.
The Press understands the “religion” was a form of mysticism and not a mainstream religion.
Hanif, of Crawford Street, Rochdale, was jailed for three-and-a-half years, placed on the sex offenders’ register and banned from working with children for life.
He was also made subject to a sexual offences prevention order controlling his use of the internet and banning him from contacting children without their parents’ consent.
He pleaded guilty to two charges of inciting a girl into sexual activity.
For Hanif, Kevin Blount said his client had never met the girl or attempted to meet her.
He struggled to form relationships or interact face to face with other people and was a very isolated person.
Mr Blount said the 14-year-old had been involved in similar explicit conversations by electronic means with other people a year before the exchanges with Hanif.