January 2019

Sex assault on five-year-old boy ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’

A paedophile abused a five-year-old boy in an attack a judge described as “every parent’s worst nightmare”.

David Paul Jenkins was said to be “deeply ashamed” about what he had done after a court heard he had touched the youngster’s genitals.

Swansea Crown Court heard the abuse came to light when the boy told his mother what had happened.

In a statement from the victim’s mother she said the guilty of not being able to protect her son would always live with her.

In his statement the father said he could not understand how a child’s innocence could have been used for Jenkins’ “sick gratification”.

The advocate added the defendant had asked him to stress to the court the incident had been a single act.

Judge Paul Thomas QC said what Jenkins had done was “utterly disgraceful”.

He told Jenkins he had “callously used the boy for your own sexual purposes” and the assault had been “every parent’s worst nightmare”.

The judge said he had carefully read letters submitted on behalf of Jenkins which spoke of his good character but added: “People did think highly of you because, to an extent, you were living a lie.”

Jenkins, 44, of Pen y Cwm, Cockett, Swansea, admitted sexually assaulting a child under 13.

He was jailed for three years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

He was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.