A PCSO who asked a schoolgirl for naked pictures of herself after befriending her on the internet has been jailed.
Liam Austerfield, 28, had made over 300 exchanges with a 14-year-old girl via texts and Facebook when police swooped.
After sending an indecent photograph of himself to the girl, Austerfield sent messages enouraging the victim to become involved.
Austerfield was serving as a PCSO in Wakefield, at the time.
He was suspended from duty while an investigation was carried out, prompted by concerns raised by the girl’s parents, and he resigned in April.
The court heard communication between Austerfield and the girl had started innocently.
Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting, said: “He requested naked images of her but the girl didn’t send naked images despite his requests.
“He knew full well how old this complainant was.”
Jailing Austerfield, Judge Roger Keen QC said: “Instead of behaving properly, you abused the trust the community placed in you in order to gain sexual satisfaction. You have brought a great deal of distress to your own family but more importantly your actions have had a profound effect on your victim and her family.
“Your position if further aggravated because of your work at the time.
“You corrupted this girl and as a consequence her life has been greatly affected.”
Alison Dorrell, mitigating, said: “He has lost his good character. He has lost a career he enjoyed.
Appearing at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday he was jailed for 15 months.
He had admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, one of possessing 13 indecent images of a child and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.