June 2007

Man jailed for sexual activity with schoolgirl

A RHYL fairground worker who started a relationship with a 15-year-old schoolgirl was yesterday jailed and banned from working with children.

Craig Begley, 41, indulged in bizarre sex acts with the girl after telling her he loved her.

Mold Crown Court yesterday heard Begley accepted the relationship was “illegal, immoral and wholly inappropriate”.

Begley, of West Parade, Rhyl, was banned from working with children, and was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life.

Judge John Rogers QC said the defendant had known the girl since she was in her early teens.

He said: “I am quite satisfied that you pursued her with the intention of eventually having a sexual relationship with her.

“When she was 15, a sexual relationship began and it continued for about 10 months. Only a prison sentence is appropriate.”

Simon Medland, prosecuting, said two charges of sexual touching, which the defendant admitted, represented dozens of occasions when intercourse occurred.

He said Begley knew her age and had seen her in school uniform.

She went to his flat and he said he loved her, and told her they were now “going out”.

He said the girl had her own problems, but the defendant made her feel protected and loved. On one occasion, he made her pregnant, but she miscarried.

He also asked her to indulge in bizarre sex acts which she did not want to do and did not like the idea of.

He never physically hurt her, but because of the disparity in age, build and sexual experience, she felt he was “very much over-powering”. However, the sex was always consensual.

Brian Treadwell, defending, said: “With the benefit of hindsight, he accepts that it was illegal, immoral and wholly inappropriate.”

“The defendant, because of his age and experience, knows that he should have known better.

“It was something he should have resisted.”

The defendant worked at the fairground and had been parted from his long term partner and child, with whom he had no contact.