Vicar accused of rape 'told girl he had the snip'
A VICAR tried to rape a schoolgirl in his church-hall office and said she could not get pregnant because he had had "the snip", a court heard yesterday.
The Rev Malcolm Jackson, 52-year-old vicar of Kirkleatham, Teesside, denies rape, attempted rape, sexual activity with a child and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Christine Egerton, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said the girl, then aged 13, struggled when Jackson tried to rape her in his office after pulling down her trousers.
"She told him she could get pregnant. His response was he had, in his words, 'had the snip'. She still struggled, and eventually he stopped."
Ms Egerton explained how the abuse started. "He would hug her inappropriately, he would try to kiss her, he would ask to see her underwear. He went on to sexually abuse her in a number of different ways."
Jackson, a married father-of-three of Mersey Road, Redcar, was accused of raping the schoolgirl on one occasion, and abusing her on another.
The girl did not tell anyone at the time, but came forward 18 months later.
"She thought nobody would believe her because he was a vicar," said Ms Egerton.
In a video interview conducted by police, the girl wept as she recounted her ordeal.
She said that after the church-hall attack, she was shocked. "I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to do.
"I kept thinking: 'You're supposed to be a vicar'."