August 2017

Married man jailed for sex with underage girl

A married lorry driver who carried on grooming and having sex with a schoolgirl has been jailed for four years.

Darren Jones, 40, groomed the teenager behind his wife’s back.

In fact, on one occasion Jones’ wife almost him engaging the girl in sexual intercourse – but they pretended they were doing something else.

Canterbury Crown Court heard the abuse carried on for 11 months with Jones, of John Dutton Way, Kennington, and the child regularly having sex.

But years after it had ended the teenager alerted police officers and revealed details of their relationship how she was sent sex messages on WhatsApp – which Jones later urged her to delete. She also told officers how Jones had videoed their sexual encounters on his mobile phone.

Prosecutor Matthew Bolt said that Jones was arrested and denied the allegations – but changed his pleas to guilty to four child sex offences on the day he was due to stand trial.

His wife and family were sitting in the public gallery as details of the abuse were revealed.