Monday, December 21, 2020

Paedophile who sexually abused underage girl before she killed herself jailed

A paedophile who sexually abused his ex-partner’s half-sister before she took her own life has been jailed. Michael Jenkins started abusing Georgia Myers in April 2017 when she was just 14-years-old.



The teenager, who believed she was in a relationship, experienced mood swings until it was reported to police 10 months later, Leeds Crown Court heard.



Georgia Myers believed she was in a relationship with Jenkins.



Jenkins was advised by police to stop seeing Georgia but they stayed in limited contact for the next six months.

During this time he would make her feel bad and on one occasion he told her he would consider getting back together with her if she performed a sex act on him.

The now 32-year-old promised her that they could legally be together when she turned 16, but shortly before her birthday she found out he had got another woman pregnant. 



Georgia with her mum Sarah Nolan.



Then the day before she turned 16 in August 2018, Jenkins called the teenager and told her that police had warned him not to get back together with her at all.

She immediately left the house and went to the grounds of the Leeds Corinthians Rugby Union Football Club where she took her own life.

Jenkins, who has two children with Georgia’s half-sister, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child.

The charges relate to sex between April 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.



Michael Jenkins was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

After the pleas, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar described it as ‘one of the most tragic cases I have come across’, adding: ‘It just shows the dangers of adults forming relationships with children.’

Sentencing him to five and a half years in jail he told Jenkins: ‘There was a hope burning inside her that one day you’d be together.’ 



Georgia’s mum Sarah Nolan has said she believes Jenkins ending the relationship caused her daughter to take her own life. She found out about the relationship after Georgia confided in her half-sister, who was Jenkins’ ex-partner, Leeds Live reports.

After reporting it to the police, Jenkins and Georgia seemingly cut contact and her mum says her happiness returned for a period of six months. Georgia confessed that they had swapped numbers and continued to see each other when she found out he had got another woman pregnant and came home crying.

Ms. Nolan said Jenkins first met Georgia when she was nine years old, but she continued to visit him after he and her half-sister split up in 2016.

‘We had that trust because Georgia was auntie to his kids – it was like normal family,’ she said before the sentencing. ‘The trust was there and that’s what Michael used. ‘Georgia wanted to be an adult – she wanted to be all grown up. She felt that bond with him like ‘I can talk to him and he will treat me like an adult – my mum won’t.’ 



The prosecution do not say that Jenkins caused Georgia’s death like her family do, but agree that he exposed her to strong emotions that she could not handle. Prosecutor Richard Walters said the abuse started at a party at the defendant’s flat in April 2017.

He said Georgia and her younger brother were at the party and were due to be staying over with Jenkins, sleeping on the sofa. Georgia tried to cuddle Jenkins and they kissed before he asked her to sleep beside him on the sofa, which she did.

The victim felt ‘a bit weird’ the next morning, the court heard. When Georgia left the flat, Jenkins texted her and they agreed to form a relationship.

Mr. Walters said: ‘It was clear Georgia was falling in love.’ Mr Walters said there was no grooming in the case as Jenkins was aware Georgia had a crush on him and there was no breach of trust in the legal sense. But he said Jenkins exercised control over the victim.



Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said his client committed the offences at a time when he was drinking heavily, had experienced the loss of three friends, and was depressed.

The judge agreed to give Jenkins 15 percent credit for his guilty pleas, but said Jenkins took advantage of Georgia’s ‘crush’ on him and the first incident sowed the seeds for the ‘relationship’.

Jenkins was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

He said Georgia must have been in ‘the greatest of psychological turmoil’ when she decided to end her life, which she believed she could not enjoy without Jenkins.



The judge added: ‘While I do not say that you caused her death – and ‘m sure the family would appreciate that subtle difference – you were a reason for her death. ‘There does not seem to be anything else in her life that would have caused her to take her own life other than discovering that you were in a relationship.’

Ms. Nolan, Georgia’s grandmother Mandi Nolan, her aunt Toni Nolan, her uncle, and five family friends watched on from the public gallery as Jenkins was jailed.

After the sentencing hearing, Miss Nolan said: ‘Like the judge stated, nothing will ever be enough but it’s a better sentence than I expected him to get.

‘I’m glad that he will be on the sex offender register for rest of his life and will not be able to be around children without supervision, which I guess raises awareness that the impact of Michael’s actions led to my daughter’s death. 

‘But I will always be left devastated and heartbroken that I won’t ever get her back… That crushes me no matter what.’ 



An NSPCC spokesperson said: ‘While no prison sentence will bring Georgia back, we hope her family is receiving the support they need and find some solace in knowing Jenkins is now behind bars.

‘Sadly, at the NSPCC, we see the terrible effects sexual abuse can have on a child and their family, and we would urge anyone who has experienced abuse to speak out and seek support.’