A man has avoided jail after admitting sexually assaulting a schoolgirl aged 12.
Zain Shah, 23, began grooming the child after meeting her in a park. He then bombarded her with calls and text messages.
Despite knowing her age, Shah told the girl ‘he loved her and wanted to marry and have sex with her’.
The abuse took place during several meetings Shah had with the girl at a car park. He was reported to the police by the victim’s mother.
He received a three-year community punishment order requiring him to attend a sexual offending treatment programme.
He also will spend five years on the Sex Offenders Register and is banned from contacting or attempting to contact any female under the age of 16 for three years.
Det Sgt Alex Wild, of Greater Manchester Police
, said: “This was a classic grooming case, with Shah using emotionally-charged language to suggest to this young girl that they were in a real, normal and healthy relationship. Of course, that is absolutely absurd.
“The reality is a 23-year-old man manipulated a child in order to get what he wanted, even pretending to be an undercover police officer who had been shot in the line of duty in order to win her confidence and sympathy.
“We take these incidents very seriously indeed.”