A POLICE community support officer was today (Friday) jailed for 10 years for the rape of a schoolgirl.
Michael Yardley, who was employed by Lincolnshire Police as part of a neighbourhood policing team, had a seven-month secret affair with the youngster before coming under suspicion when his shocked wife caught them cuddling on the sofa of their home.
He and his wife separated soon afterwards and she raised her suspicions with his employers which sparked an investigation.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Yardley, 35, of Haconby Lane, Morton, and the girl admitted having sex on several occasions.
Yardley quit his role as a PCSO in the Sleaford neighbourhood policing team after the offences came to light.
Alison Summers, mitigating, said Yardley developed a friendship with the girl after becoming unhappy in his marriage.
Yardley admitted raping the girl on October 27, 2010 and four charges of sexual activity with a young girl between November 2010 and April last year. He was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.