Stephen Mooney, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court: "From July to September, 2013, nearly 12,000 texts passed between them."The texts moved from sexually explicit to questions about girls she knew and whether she would be prepared to incorporate them into their sexual activities."Ultimately she succumbed to his requests and became a willing participant in sexual activity between him and the girls." The pair made contact on a dating website in 2013 before they met at a local pub. "She was not able to recognise the manipulation to which she was being subjected." Despicable Cropton will serve an extended six year licence, be placed on the sex offenders' register and receive a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) to run indefinitely.

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He reassured her that he was not after penetrative sex after she accused him of "sounding like a paedophile". "She allowed him to sexually abuse girls and 12,000 texts were exchanged. "The requests were brazen, persistent and highly manipulative.

Giles Nelson, defending Cropton, stressed that his client had not had full sexual intercourse with the girls. "She accepts exposing the girls to the sexual abuse of her co-defendant.

Rosaleen Collins, defending the woman, added: "There is, quite clearly, an emotional background. "She desperately wanted respect and love from male company. "She was subjected to a barrage of texts from the co-accused, pressing for her to allow her to sexually abuse the girls. "She allowed herself to become involved in Mr Cropton's perverted ambition." Speaking after the case, Det Insp Gary Stephens, of the Public Protection Unit, said: "This has been a distressing and harrowing investigation involving the horrific sexual abuse of children.

Cropton, from Stonehouse, Glos, was jailed for 20 years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sexually assault two girls.

The youngsters, both under the age of 11, told police officers, the 'sick man' had touched their private parts and kissed them.

Cropton also admitted four counts of rape, relating to a young boy under the age of 17.

The woman co-defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sexually assault the girls and was handed two years and eight months behind bars.

A warped mother helped a "devious and manipulative" paedophile she met online to abuse children - in return for shoes and a ring.

Sick Michael Cropton, 42, met the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on an internet dating site and persuaded her to assist him in abusing two girls.