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Paedophile who sexually abused underage girl before she took her own life jailed

A man who sexually abused an underage girl before she took her own life has been jailed for five and a half years.

Michael Jenkins started abusing his ex-partner’s half-sister Georgia Myers in April 2017.

At that point she was just 14-years-old, Leeds Live reported.

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

The pair had limited contact for the following six months, although Jenkins promised her that they could legally be together when she turned 16.

In the run up to her birthday Georgia, who lived with her mum and five siblings in Leeds, found out Jenkins had got a woman pregnant.

When Jenkins called her the day before she turned 16 in August 2018 to tell her he still could not legally meet her when she turned 16, the teenager immediately went to the grounds of the Leeds Corinthians Rugby Union Football Club in Middleton.

There she killed herself.

Last month, the 32-year-old dad, who had moved from his Middleton flat to Bodmin Crescent, Belle Isle, Leeds, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child.

At Leeds Crown Court today Judge Mushtaq Khokhar told Jenkins: “While I do not say that you caused her death – and I’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 with (the other woman).”

After ten months of abuse Georgia asked Jenkins if they could tell others about the ‘relationship’.

When he refused, she told her half-sister about it.

The woman, who he shares two children with, told Georgia’s mum to call the police and she did.

Afterwards, Jenkins and Georgia seemingly cut contact and her mum says her happiness returned for a period of six months.

But in the days before her 16th birthday, the teenager came home crying because Jenkins had got another woman pregnant.

She apologised to her mum for not telling her that they had swapped their new numbers and met up, saying she was afraid her mum would report him to police again.

The day before her birthday in August 2018, Jenkins called Georgia and told her that the police had visited him that morning and told him that he still could not legally meet her when she turned 16.

Speaking about when a police officer broke the tragic news to her at her front door that her daughter was dead, Georgia’s mum Sarah Nolan said: “I was stunned. I couldn’t believe what he was telling me.

“My response to him was, ‘No, no, no’.

“That night I had to go with police to identify her in the Leeds General Infirmary. She was just laid there.

“To know she was dead, just didn’t make sense. It still doesn’t sink in that she’s gone for real.”

At the beginning of November, more than two years after Georgia’s death, 32-year-old Jenkins pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child.

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

Sarah – who used to work in a bar but has become a stay at home mum following the tragedy as she suffers panic attacks – explained how Jenkins first met Georgia when she was nine years old.

She said he lived in a flat above a butchers and Georgia would 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’.

“She fell for that. She fell for him. She used the kids as an excuse to visit him.

“But he didn’t think of her as an adult.”

The pair began kissing and touching each other sexually in April 2017 before starting to have sex three or four weeks later, the court heard during the trial.

Miss Nolan said Georgia’s behaviour changed around this time, adding: “I just thought it was difficult teenage ups and downs.”

It wasn’t until April 2018 that she found out the truth.

“I was shocked.

“I didn’t know she was being sexual with anybody.

“I would have thought it was with someone her own age and not with someone seen as family.

“(When Georgia gave police her written statement) I kept walking in and out (of the room).

“The things Georgia was telling the police were grotesque, I felt sick.

“It was quite intimate details that she was saying he had done with her.

“It was awful – I just cried.”

She said her daughter showed her text messages Jenkins had sent her saying he loved her and promising that they would ‘live happily ever after’ together as soon as she turned 16.

“When she showed me the messages, it put it all in place,” the mum continued.

“It all made sense after she admitted everything.”

Police drove Georgia to the station to do a recorded interview, took some of her clothes and her phone, and took a swab from her mouth.

Her mum said Georgia seemed happy after he was arrested and was looking forward to getting her national insurance number and a job.

But she said Jenkins bumped into Georgia at some point after this and they swapped their new numbers, adding: “She really wanted to think that what he said was true – about happily ever after.

She said Jenkins tried to guilt trip Georgia into dropping the charges, even though he knew it was her mum who had contacted police.

In the run up to her 16th birthday, Jenkins rang the teenager to let her know he had got a young woman pregnant.

Speaking about the day before the birthday, Miss Nolan said: “She was expecting him to be in contact.

“He rang her and said, ‘The police are with me now and say I can’t talk to you again’.

“She believed that and he ended the phone call.

“She tried to ring him back but he didn’t answer.

“She ran off and tried calling him again.”

Miss Nolan said her daughter then took her own life because of the abuse, adding: “It messed up her mind that much and she couldn’t take it.”

Miss Nolan, who has five younger children, said Georgia’s siblings were ‘devastated’ by the loss of their older sister and are ‘lost’ without her.

The 38-year-old said: “I feel sad for us as a family – we don’t get her for Christmases and birthdays – but she has lost her life. I feel so, so sad for Georgia.

“Sometimes I hate him. Sometimes I feel nothing for him.

She added: “She died for nothing and that’s exactly what he is – nothing.

“I have lost someone so young and beautiful with her whole life ahead of her.

“Her whole life was taken away from her for nothing.”]

Jenkins was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment for each count, reduced by a year each for guilty pleas.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Following the trial Judge Khokhar described the case as “one of the most tragic cases I have came across”.

He added: “It just shows the dangers of adults forming relationships with children.”