Jan 2010

Newport man raped teenage girl

A NEWPORT man was jailed for seven years yesterday after admitting raping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Graham Jeffrey Jenkins, 62, formerly of Vaughan Williams Drive, Alway, appeared in Newport crown court having admitted sexual assault, rape and sexual activity with a child.

Jenkins was due to stand trial on a 25-count indictment on Monday, but pleaded guilty to three charges on the morning of the trial.

The court heard the offences took place over a number of years.

Prosecutor Matthew Roberts told the court Jenkins sexually assaulted the girl once when she was under 16.

Representing Jenkins, Robert Duvall said Jenkins admitted the sexual assault on the basis it was a single incident.

He added there was no evidence to suggest Jenkins has “an inappropriate predilection” to young people.

Judge David Morris said Jenkins was not, in his judgement, “a predatory sexual offender.”

Jenkins was sentenced to a total of seven years imprisonment, less 180 days he spent on remand.

Judge Morris disqualified him from working with children indefinitely and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

He also made an order for the remaining 22 counts of the indictment to lie on file.