A paedophile who injected a teenage boy with steroids while grooming him for sex has been jailed for 10 years.
John Andrew Carter, 39, first preyed on the child, then aged 12, at a gym, befriending the youngster and his family by pretending to help him weight train while buying him clothes and giving him money.
Carter, 21 years older than his victim, would secretly inject testosterone into the youth's shoulders and bottom, while sexually abusing the child over a two-year period, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The jury heard how the boy’s mother became suspicious about her son’s relationship with Carter and contacted the police.
Once the victim knew the police had become involved, he told his mother what had been going on and Carter was arrested.
At Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, Carter was found guilty of six counts of sexual activity with a child.
Carter, who made no reaction as he was jailed, was also given an extended licence for six years after his release and will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.
Judge Michael Leeming told the defendant: "Your behaviour was progressive and it was persistent."
Detective Constable Philip Kelley, from GMP’s Child Sexual Exploitation Team in Wigan, said:
An NSPCC spokesperson said:
- Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
- Adults concerned about the wellbeing of children can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.