November 2014

Jailed for sex with minor

A woman whose virginity had been taken by Innsworth man Mark Reynolds when she was 14 confronted him on Facebook eight years later demanding to know why he had preyed on her, a court heard.

The 22 year-old reported Reynolds to the police for taking advantage of her in her mid teens, Gloucester crown court was told.

Reynolds, 38, of Innsworth Lane, Innsworth, near Gloucester, was jailed for six and a half years after he admitted two charges of sexual activity with a child between 2005 and 2007.

Prosecutor Kannan Siva told the court that Reynolds had known the girl for some time before the offences and she sometimes visited his family home.

It was during such a visit when his wife was away from home that he agreed to buy her alcohol, got her drunk and then took her up his bedroom and had full sex with her.

Mr Siva said. “She had been a virgin. He simply should have known better but he took advantage of a position of trust,” said Mr Siva.

There was a second occasion as she was approaching her sixteenth birthday in May 2007 when she was again visiting his home and he took her to his bedroom for full sexual intercourse.

“Last August she sent him a Facebook message because this had been preying on her mind for many years,” Mr Siva told the court.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him: “Men who take advantage of young girls in this way can only expect severe punishment.”