18 Thursday Feb 2016 Posted by Author 1 in Gloucestershire 2 Comments Off on Kenny Smith Moreton in Marsh February 2016 Cotswold man jailed for having sex with schoolgirls A Cotswolds man has been jailed for almost six years for having sex with two under-age girls. Kenny Smith, 21, of Stockwells, Moreton in Marsh, pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court to four charges of having sexual activity with each of the girls He was sentenced to a total of five years ten months imprisonment and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life. An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was also made against him.
His offences against the first girl only came to light when police interviewed the second one the court was told. Prosecutor Kerry Barker said Smith began his relationship with the second girl in about May 2014 when she was underage. Her mother became concerned that he kept visiting the house but despite her warnings he spent more and more time there and on one occasion stayed the night.
The mother thought they were in separate rooms but then found them in bed together. He insisted he had not touched her sexually. Social services became involved and told the girl she was not to have any form of sexual relationship with him, Mr Barker said.
However, the girl started going missing and would lie about where she had been. She was then interviewed by police and told them she had started a sexual relationship with Smith because he was kind to her, comforted her and bought her nice things. But she also told police he liked to be in control and that he would get angry and jealous and grab her around the neck if he caught her phoning anyone.
He wouldn t let her go to parties, wear make-up or talk to people her own age. He didn t like her talking to boys at school, said Mr Barker. When Smith was arrested in Feb last year he denied ever assaulting her but would not comment about whether he d had sex with her, the prosecutor said.
She was interviewed and told them she was not the first girl he had treated this way That girl was interviewed by the police and said she d had a relationship with Smith. The relationship had quickly become sexual. They had full sex every couple of days.
He was her first sexual partner. She said he would buy her sweets, chocolate, crisps and pop. But as the relationship developed he would start to control her movements.
He would stop her going out with friends and family. The girl did not make any statement against Smith when interviewed by police, said Mr Barker. The other girl, however, made a statement saying He started controlling everything in my life.
He stopped me doing things like wearing make-up. My life is better again now that Kenny is not in it. I can see my friends and go where I like.
Judge Michael Cullum jailed Smith for five years ten months for the four offences against the second girl and 4 years 4 months concurrently for the four against the first girl. It doesn t matter that the girls were willing. That is irrelevant, said the judge.
These charges are about the exploitation of children. When you moved onto the second girl it was deliberate and exploitative. You groomed both girls.
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