Bristol man Michael Jenkins jailed for child sex offences

Michael Jenkins Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Michael Jenkins was a "serial offender", police said

A man who repeatedly sexually abused two young girls in Bristol has been jailed for 17 years and six months.

Michael Jenkins, of Dunster Road, was earlier convicted of one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault and sexual assault at Bristol Crown Court.

The abuse against the two girls, aged between eight and 14 at the time, happened between 2003 and 2009.

The 38-year-old had previously admitted to five counts of sexual assault and sexual activity with a child.

He had also admitted to 12 counts of making/taking an indecent photograph of a child, one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Det Sgt Emma George said she hoped the sentence "acts as a deterrent to others".

"Michael Jenkins is a serial offender who put himself in situations where he could have easy access to young victims," she said.

"One of his victims took the very brave step of contacting police in February 2013 to report sexual offences committed against her as a child. A second victim came forward a short time later.

"Further to the abuse, Jenkins was found to have contacted an 11-year-old girl from Sheffield through Skype with the intention of trying to persuade her to visit him in Bristol for sex.

"I would like to praise all the victims in this case for disclosing the abuse they suffered."

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