A man has been jailed for three years after two sexual encounters with a schoolboy in toilets at Dewsbury Bus Station.
John Forsyth, 46, of Walkley Lane, Heckmondwike, was found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court in May on three charges of sexual activity with a child and three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
Philip Standfast, prosecuting, told the trial the offences happened on two days in 2014 after Forsyth had met the teenager, who was 15.
The initial offence happened on February 11 and contact was repeated on March 4 that year. Forsyth said he had asked the boy his age and been told 16.
Nick Worsley, representing Forsyth at the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, said the complainant was a young man who had been actively looking for sexual encounters and had experience of them.
He was not someone who was corrupted or groomed by Forsyth and what took place between them was with the youth’s consent but Forsyth accepted he should have taken greater care over the age.
Mr Worsley said: “He took what was said at face value when he should have been more cautious and should have gone nowhere near this young man.”
He said at the time Forsyth was having personal difficulties in his own relationship and was “seeking comfort in the arms of another” in spite of the age discrepancy.
References spoke of his general character in glowing terms and he had suffered greatly awaiting the outcome of his trial as a result of delays that were not his fault.
Jailing Forsyth, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: “The fact, from material placed before the court, that the victim was active in seeking encounters of the type which occurred between yourself and him, does not excuse in any way what you did with him in those public toilets.
“People of that age need protection from themselves.”