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Drugs-binge doctor asked a ’13-year-old boy’ to have unprotected sex on Grindr

September 22, 2017
Grindr, the gay dating app

Code words and symbols are used to refer to drugs on the app (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A junior doctor went on a drugs binge and propositioned a ‘schoolboy’ via Grindr – only to discover he was an undercover cop, a medical tribunal has heard.

Thomas Jenkins, 28, is said to have attended a drug-fuelled party after clocking off from a hospital night shift.

After taking a man home from the party, he logged on to Grindr where he sent a series of explicit pictures of himself to a teen boy.

During two days of exchanges the NHS doctor asked the ‘teenager’, “How do you like to be f**ked?” before enquiring as to how he lost his virginity.

Jenkins was unaware, however, that while he believed he was speaking with a schoolboy, it was in fact an undercover police operation designed to catch paedophiles.

Jenkins was convicted at Manchester Crown Court last year for child sex offences, the MEN reports.

Now a medical tribunal is considering whether he should be banned for life from working as a medical professional.

The trial heard that Jenkins was arrested at his place of work, at a psychiatric unit in Wrexham, North Wales.

He refused to give any comment during the hearing, and refused to hand over passwords to his devices.

The panel was told that, on the night in question, Jenkins returned from a long shift at work and went to a sex party, returned home, then contacted the ‘boy’ via Grindr.

Grindr messages to the ‘boy’ reveal Jenkins told him he “wanted to slap him about a bit”.

He asked about the teen’s past sexual history, before urging him to have sex without a condom because it is more “natural”.

The exchange finished when the boy said he was “going for tea”.

Last April, he was sentenced to a community order for three years at Manchester Crown Court after he admitted attempting to incite a child of 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for five years.

A lawyer for the General Medical Council, Sharon Beattie, said: “Liam said he had a boyfriend in the year above and that he had met a couple of guys on the site.

“Some minutes later Dr Jenkins sent seven pictures of an indecent nature, in some instances of an obscene nature to Liam who he believed was 13.

“They are photographs sent of himself in various states of undress. After this Dr Jenkins asked for pictures of Liam in return but Liam said he didn’t send pictures of himself.

“Thereafter Dr Jenkins started asking about how Liam lost his virginity and what he wanted being on the Grindr site.

“Liam said he wanted fun and meets. Dr Jenkins said he wanted the same. Dr Jenkins said he would be willing to drive but not until he had seen Liam’s face.

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Drugs

“The doctor then asked how he liked to be f**ked and what sexual positions he liked. He also urged the boy to have sex without a condom as it was more natural.

“This behaviour began on one day and continued on the second.

“It was not simply one contact but the contact continued and the texts expressed clear sexual interest, an attempt to pursue someone he believed to be a minor into having sex.

“The doctor says ‘I’m not a predator’ but you might think this was predatory behaviour.

“This was recent behaviour and the doctor has demonstrated he was mindful of the sort of effect his use of drugs had.

“The GMC say it’s so serious erasure can be the only possible sanction. Sexual misconduct seriously undermines the public trust in the profession.”

But Jenkins’ lawyer Alan Jenkins said: “Whilst the conviction is certainly serious it’s not the most serious.

“I don’t seek to minimise the seriousness of Dr Jenkins’ actions but he had not abused his position as a doctor.

“There’s no evidence in this case to suggest his care of patients was in any way substandard.

“This was out of character and not in keeping with anything in is background.

“Dr Jenkins is on a path and it would be fair to allow him to remain on that path.

“He was a good useful doctor there’s no suggestion of patients care being compromised.

“It would be fair to allow him continue and maintain his knowledge and skills and remain on the register.”

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