December 2020

Young girl fell pregnant after ‘starting relationship’ with adult sex abuser

A man who sexually abused a a teenage girl, who then fell pregnant, has been jailed.

Michael Wells started a relationship with the girl – who was under the age of 14 – but was arrested after the teen’s mum contacted police.

Wells, 22, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday to be sentenced for sexual activity with a child.

The offence was committed last year.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said Wells was 20 at the time of the offence, while the girl involved was only a child.

He said the girl’s mum contacted the police after finding out they had “embarked on a relationship” last year.

Mr Abrahams said the mum had “heard rumours” her daughter had been sending images to Wells, but that the images “were not explicit”.

“She was in fact pregnant,” Mr Abrahams said.

Her mum initially believed her daughter could not be pregnant, but she contacted the police once again to “raise concerns”.

Mr Abrahams said that following the police contact, Wells was served with a notice to “desist contact” with the young girl.

“That was too late as [the girl] was indeed pregnant to the defendant,” he added.

Because of the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy and the girl’s young age, the pregnancy was terminated, the court heard.

DNA analysis found that Wells was the father but he denied any sexual activity with the girl to police on two separate occasions.

Judge Recorder Jamie Hill QC told Wells, of Auckland Avenue, Darlington, he had committed a serious offence which was made worse by the fact the teenager became pregnant and had a termination as a consequence.

He said: “Whatever the approach of (the victim) towards you she was only a teenager at the time and whatever you thought was going on inside your head you must know now, even if you didn’t realise at the time, the relationship was entirely inappropriate and you were committing a serious criminal offence.”

Wells was jailed for 18 months and given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order along with a notification order.