A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed after sexually assaulting a girl under 13 twice and trying to incite a teenage boy into sexual activity.

Wayne Daykin, was locked up on Friday at Basildon Crown Court for three years.

The 26-year-old of Queens Road, Southend admitted five counts relating to incidents that happened in south Essex in April 2019.

Daykin would take the boy aside and attempted to get him to expose himself and asked if he could touch him sexually.

The teenage boy would refuse Daykin’s demands but he would continue to repeat them, and demand the same thing through messages to him on Instagram.

The boy was left feeling scared and eventually shared his account with his family and police officers.

The sexual assault of the girl took place on two occasions when Daykin forcibly undressed and exposed her.

On both occasions the girl quickly re-dressed herself but was left shaken by the incidents.

Daykin was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Friday.

Mitigating, Mike Warren said Daykin was regretful for his actions.

He said: “He is fully understanding of the harm he caused to these people.”

Judge Andrew Hurst told Daykin: “These children were at an extremely impressionable age. You preyed upon them sexually, there is no other word for it.

“It was for your gratification.”

Judge Hurst jailed Daykin for three years and made him subject to a sex offenders notification requirement indefinitely.