September 2017

Doctor asked a ’13-year-old boy’ how he liked to have sex 

A junior doctor on a drugs binge propositioned a schoolboy on dating app Grindr… only to find out the ‘boy’ was undercover cop, a medical tribunal heard

Shortly after clocking off from a hospital night shift Thomas Jenkins, 28, is said to have attended a drug-fuelled sex party where he took methedrone and then brought a man back to his home for sex.

But after this he logged onto Grindr where he made contact with the lad and sent various obscene pictures of himself over a two-day period.

During their exchanges the NHS doctor asked ‘the teenager’ how he lost his virginity and adding: “How do you like to be f**ked?”

But he was unaware that it was all a police sting designed to hunt out online paedophiles.

Jenkins was convicted at Manchester Crown Court last year for child sex offences.

But now a medical watchdog are deciding whether he should be banned from the profession for life.

A conduct panel heard how Jenkins, who worked at a psychiatric unit in Wrexham, North Wales, was arrested at his place of work.

He gave a no comment interview, apart from saying that he had ‘ruined his life’ – but when asked for passwords to devices he owned, he refused.

The panel was told how Jenkins had returned home from work and went on Grindr, went to a sex party, came home and contacted another male and spent the night with him.

He then used more drugs and went on to the Grindr app again where he had the contact with the ‘’boy’’ – who was given the pseudonym Liam.

In messages to the boy, Jenkins said he ‘wanted to slap him about a bit’.

He begun asking him questions about his sex life before urging him to have sex without using protection as it is more ‘natural’.

The conversation ended when the ‘teenager’ said he was going for his tea.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Jenkins who lives at a waterside flat in Manchester city centre was battling to save his career as he faced being struck off at a misconduct hearing he attended with his mother.

Last April, he was sentenced to a community order for three years at Manchester Crown Court after he admitted attempting to incite a child of 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for five years.

Lawyer for the General Medical Council, Sharon Beattie, said: “Liam said he had a boyfriend in the year above and that he had met a couple of guys on the site.

“Some minutes later Dr Jenkins sent seven pictures of an indecent nature, in some instances of an obscene nature to Liam who he believed was 13.

“They are photographs sent of himself in various states of undress. After this Dr Jenkins asked for pictures of Liam in return but Liam said he didn’t send pictures of himself.

‘’Thereafter Dr Jenkins started asking about how Liam lost his virginity and what he wanted being on the Grindr site.

“Liam said he wanted fun and meets. Dr Jenkins said he wanted the same. Dr Jenkins said he would be willing to drive but not until he had seen Liam’s face.

“The doctor then asked how he liked to be f**ked and what sexual positions he liked. He also urged the boy to have sex without a condom as it was more natural.

“This behaviour began on one day and continued on the second. It was not simply one contact but the contact continued and the texts expressed clear sexual interest, an attempt to pursue someone he believed to be a minor into having sex.

“The doctor says ‘I’m not a predator’ but you might think this was predatory behaviour. This was recent behaviour and the doctor has demonstrated he was mindful of the sort of effect his use of drugs had. The GMC say it’s so serious erasure can be the only possible sanction. Sexual misconduct seriously undermines the public trust in the profession.