A paedophile who injected a teenage boy with steroids while grooming him for sex has been jailed for 10 years.
Thirty-nine-year-old John Andrew Carter - now classed as "high risk" to male children - first preyed on the then 12-year-old at a gym in 2014 and befriended him and his family.
The defendant pretended to help the boy weight train, bought him clothes and gave him money, all while secretly injecting him with testosterone and sexually abusing him over a two-year period.
The victim’s teachers and family became suspicious when he suddenly developed “the body of a man” – but the boy “flipped” when his mother accused him of taking steroids.
Carter paid another youth £50 to take a blood test, clear of steroids, in his victim’s place to put the suspicions to rest.
The boy slept over at Carter's home and "felt compelled" to allow the defendant to inject him.
Carter would molest the child during "play fights" and also shave the youngster's body, with the sexual assaults becoming progressively more serious.
The victim eventually confessed about the steroids and the police were called - he then also admitted to his mother, "He touched me".
Carter, a former fruit and veg seller, was arrested in September 2016 but continues to deny any wrongdoing.
He was convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a child following a week-long trial at Manchester Crown Court.
He has been jailed for ten years and given an extended licence for six years after his release. He will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.