Police support officer jailed for raping girl

Michael Yardley
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A POLICE community support officer has been jailed for 10 years for the rape of an underage girl with whom he had a seven-month affair.

Michael Yardley, 35, had a secret affair with the youngster before coming under suspicion from his wife.

After the pair split up, his wife reported her suspicions with his employer, Lincolnshire Police, sparking an investigation that resulted in both Yardley and the girl admitting they had sex on several occasions.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that when questioned by police, the youngster said the pair had agreed that they would set up home together when she was 18.

The court heard Yardley, of Haconby Lane, Morton, had texts from the youngster on his mobile phone.

At court, he pleaded guilty to raping the girl on October 27, 2010. He also pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual activity with a young girl between November, 2010 and April, 2011.

He was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

He quit his role as a community support officer in Sleaford after the offences came to light.

Recorder John Philpotts said: “This has devastated the victim’s family. The long-term emotional and psychological effects on the victim can only be guessed.”

Alison Summers, for Yardley, said he developed a friendship with the girl after becoming unhappy in his marriage.

“He realised he shouldn’t have married,” she said.

“He felt his life was out of control. It was against that background of personal crisis that it would appear that his judgement was lost. I can only relate his remorse and his shame.”

After the court case last week Det Insp Guy Leach said Yardley was a very dangerous person to young girls.

“As a consequence of his conduct, the childhood and adolescence of this young girl has been stolen,” he said.

“The sentence passed by the court reflects the severity of his conduct and the abuse of trust.

“As and when he is released from custody he will be on the registered sex offenders list for life and will be managed by the Dangerous Persons Management Unit to ensure that he is never able to again put himself in a position where he can manipulate and abuse the trust of others.”

Yardley was suspended from the police when he was arrested in August last year and his employment ceased shortly after.