A family man from Motherwell has been sent to prison after he subjected a young girl to a series of sickening sex assaults.
Shaun Burrows interfered repeatedly with the teenager for nearly three months in 2012.
However, his past caught up with him at Falkirk Sheriff Court last week.
Burrows (24), of Lodge Tower, Motherwell, was jailed for two years after being told his shocking behaviour towards his victim, who was only 13 years old at the time, would never be tolerated by society.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Burrows was convicted on indictment of engaging in sexual activity with a girl born in 1999 by kissing her and touching her intimately on various occasions at a house in Denny, Stirlngshire, and elsewhere between March 1 and June 5 three years ago.
He was also convicted of intentionally sending the youngster sexually explicit text messages.
Burrows had denied the charges, but a jury found him guilty after a trial in October. Sentence had been deferred for a month for background reports.
The court heard Burrows lives with his partner and their child, and his solicitor urged Sheriff John Mundy not to send him to prison, but to impose a community-based sentence.
However, Sheriff Mundy made it clear that, given the gravity of the charges, there was only one course of action.
He told Burrows: “A jury convicted you of two charges that I consider to be very serious.
“Activities of this sort, particularly against a 13-year-old girl, will not be tolerated in our society.”