November 2016

Forty-month prison sentence for man who had sex with child

A man has begun a prison sentence of three years and four months after pleading guilty to six charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 16 years old.

Gareth Jenkins, aged 32, of Hodges Crescent, Britannia, Pengam, committed the offences in the Rhymney Valley area over a period of almost six months, beginning late in January 2014, Newport Crown Court was told.

The court was told that Jenkins was facing six specimen charges, but the sexual activity had taken place up to three times a week over the period.

Judge Harris-Jenkins sentenced Jenkins to 40 months in prison on each of the six charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

He said the sentence must reflect the course of contact and sexual activity with a child.

The judge identified a number of aggravating factors to Jenkins’ offences.

“I would be failing in my public duty if I passed a community sentence,” said Judge Harris-Jenkins.

He also ordered Jenkins to pay a £140 victim surcharge. On release, Jenkins will face restrictions in terms of working with children, and he must also inform the police of future changes of address.