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A man arrested Aug. 6 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Mechanicsville girl since March has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor.
Mark D. Jenkins, now 45, entered the plea Monday in Calvert County Circuit Court to one of 14 counts of sexual abuse of a minor as part of his plea agreement with the state, which dismisses the other 13 counts.
Also as part of the agreement, he must register on the sex offenders list and pay $838.61 in restitution, which includes counseling and a Calvert Memorial Hospital visit.
There will be a motions hearing Jan. 16 to determine what information may be admissible at sentencing.
The count carries a potential of 25 years in jail, though the state is offering five to 10 years. Jenkins will be sentenced Feb. 25.
The state’s offer doesn’t include two similar counts pending in St. Mary’s County.
On July 14, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office about a possible sexual relationship between a 44-year-old man and a minor that occurred earlier that day in Prince Frederick, according to charging documents.
St. Mary’s detectives said a 16-year-old girl from Mechanicsville reported having sex with Jenkins earlier in the day at the Super 8 motel. The girl’s parents were upset, detectives said, because “they entrusted care and custody of their daughter” that day to Jenkins, who was the father of a friend of their daughter. The girl’s parents believed she was being taken to the library by Jenkins to study for her GED, charging documents state.
Jenkins agreed to meet Calvert County deputies at the sheriff's office that day, where he was read his Miranda rights, which he allegedly waived.
The girl’s parents gave Jenkins permission to pick up the girl and her brothers from school in St. Mary’s County and take her to his house, according to charging documents. Deputies said Jenkins told them he and the victim became attracted to each other in March and began expressing their attraction through their cellphones and through emails. The relationship became sexual that same month at his house, deputies said, and every Wednesday they would have sex.
Jenkins allegedly gave deputies consent to download information from his iPhone, which contained inappropriate pictures of the girl. Jenkins “began to justify his relationship” with the girl by saying he had been married a long time and “that when a young pretty girl ‘pays attention’ to you it is very tempting,” according to charging documents.
Deputies then went to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where the girl was being examined. The girl’s parents told deputies they had given Jenkins permission to pick their daughter and her brothers up from school and defined the relationship Jenkins had with their children as custodial, charging documents state.
The girl told deputies she had sex with Jenkins every Wednesday from March 14 to June 6 at his house and that they would communicate using iPods.
St. Mary’s detectives contacted deputies July 17 and said they had obtained two iPods from the girl’s parents, and information on those iPods included inappropriate pictures of Jenkins and the girl.
Deputies obtained an arrest warrant and arrested Jenkins on Aug. 6 on 14 counts of sexual abuse of a minor.