May 2016

51-year-old father of two met up with 13-year-old schoolgirl for sex in his car

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A married father-of-two groomed a young schoolgirl – often meeting her in his car before she went off to school.

They exchanged thousands of text messages, many of them “very sexually graphic”, a court heard.

Kevin Emptage, 51, of Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, admitted four offences of sexual activity with a child and others of meeting a child following sexual grooming and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, between January 30 and June 26 last year.

He also admitted causing a child to watch a sexual act and making ten indecent photographs of a teenage girl.

Gordon Stables, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that investigations were launched after rumours about a relationship between Emptage and a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

He sent her intimate texts, asking personal questions and asking for photographs of her.

Thousands of text messages were exchanged between them.

“The defendant sent many texts of a sexual nature,” said Mr Stables.

“There were indecent images exchanged.” The texts were “very sexually graphic”.

Emptage and the girl started to meet from February last year, including in his vehicle before school for about 15 minutes three or four days a week.

They sometimes met at other times, including for six hours at a time during weekends, mostly in his car. He would drive her to secluded places.

They had sex “many” times, perhaps on more than 12 occasions in four months, and he promised her that he would marry her and that he would leave his wife and children.

They “got engaged” on May 31 last year and he gave her a ring. She lost it and he gave her another ring.

Emptage seemed to have “targeted” the girl and, as he became “more successful”, he “pursued it further”, said Mr Stables.

The girl’s mother said in a statement that things had “changed irreparably” between her and her daughter because of what had happened.

The girl had suffered “massive psychological problems” and “she should not be this way”.

She was “not as innocent as she should be” and had been self-harming.

“I can never forgive him for this,” said the mother.

The girl said in a statement: “I have had mixed emotions about everything.”

She said: “I do wonder if he ever did love me or if it was just words to him.”

She wanted to “start to try to move forward” and added: “I can’t put this behind me because it’s a memory.”

Half of her still loved him and wanted to be with him and the other half wanted him “to be locked up for the rest of his life”.

The girl said she was “grateful this has been dealt with so quickly” and added: “I am relieved that it is all over.”

Emptage took ten indecent photographs of another girl, aged 16, on or before January 22 last year after they became friends via Facebook.

They exchanged “sexual chat” and he asked her for pictures. He sent intimate pictures of himself.

Craig Lowe, mitigating, said they were very serious offences but Emptage had shown remorse and regret.

He had no previous convictions and was a decent, loving family man who had been married for 14 years and had two daughters.

References described him as courteous, caring, reliable, hard-working and supportive.

Emptage, whose bail address was Blundell Avenue, Cleethorpes, was jailed for six years and four months and was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. He must register as a sex offender indefinitely.

Recorder Tahir Khan QC told Emptage: “You persuaded her by exchanging contact and talking about sexual things.”

Emptage had a “full-blown sexual relationship” with the girl and “went through the sham of engagement or marriage vows”.

Recorder Khan said: “It was meaningless and you knew it was meaningless because you were married and had children of your own.

“This was a gross abuse of trust. There was a significant disparity of age between you and this girl.

“There was planning and significant thought put into what you did. There was grooming behaviour and targeting of this young girl.”