A PAEDOPHILE twice convicted for sexually abusing teen girls has been jailed for nine years.

Judge Jason Taylor yesterday said Nathan Woods must serve six years in prison and an extended three year license period.

The 34-year-old had been on early release from prison for similar offending, when he contacted a schoolgirl, 14, on social media and got her to send him pictures of her touching herself.

Police and the NSPCC branded Woods a calculating and manipulative sex offender. Investigator Darhyl Davies said: "The fact that he has previously committed an identical offence highlights the risk that he poses in the future to young girls that he targets via social media.”

Woods, of Kingswood Avenue, Park North, last month admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three of causing a child to watch a sexual act

He had lied about his age, name and appearance after contacting the 14-year-old online. And he also sent the schoolgirl, who thought he was her boyfriend, movies of himself carrying out sex acts on himself and even arranged to meet her, but never turned up.

Philip Warren, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that Woods was released from prison in summer 2017, half way through a five year sentence.

But in September last year he contacted the girl on Snapchat using a profile of a Darren 'Daz' Jones, aged 22, and with a picture of a younger man.

And one of the girl's friends said the youngster was under the impression he was her boyfriend, and they had twice gone to meet him but he pulled out.

When police examined his mobile phone they found he had called her more than 200 times, with one lasting four hours 39 minutes the day before his arrest.

The child's mother said her daughter had suffered a meltdown as a result of the contact, going off the rails.

The court heard the offending was almost identical to the matters which got him jailed when he again pretended to be someone else to contact another 14-year-old.

On that occasion he got the child, from Essex, to carry out sex acts on herself while he watched online.

Darhyl Davies, of Wiltshire Police’s public protection department, said: “Nathan Woods is a sex offender who lied and manipulated a vulnerable child for his own sexual gratification. His contact was unrelenting and deliberate."

“Huge credit must go to the mother of the victim in this case who was tireless in trying to identify him and assisted the police hugely in this investigation.”

A spokeswoman for the NSPCC added: “Woods was calculating in his behaviour, setting up a fake account so that he could make perverted sexual advances on an underage girl.

“He manipulated the teenager, gaining her trust so that he could sexually exploit her, and the clear risk he poses to children online needs to be mitigated.”

Woods was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, restraining order and must sign the sex offenders register.

Adults with child protection concerns can contact the NSPCC Helpline for free on 0808 800 5000 or via nspcc.org.uk. Children can contact Childline to discuss any worries they may have on 0800 1111 on online at childline.org.uk.