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Married cop had sex with 14yo girl, court told
Married cop had sex with 14yo girl, court told

A married police officer had sex with a 14-year-old girl at his home after texting her saying he could be jailed if their affair was discovered, a court was told.

The Huffington Post reports that Christopher Semak, 33, of Kings Norton in Birmingham, allegedly exchanged hundreds of text messages with the schoolgirl, including one in which he said their relationship might make him "as bad as a pedophile".

Mr Semak, who denies the allegations, was arrested after the teenager confided in a teacher. He has pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child.

Prosecutor David Jackson told the Stafford Crown Court David that Mr Semak committed the offences in the back of a car.

"If we did things and it got out I could lose my job. "I could even go to prison because you are 14. It would make me as bad as the people I am trying to stop. It would make me as bad as a pedophile," one the alleged text messages said.

According to the Huffington Post, jurors were told several "sexually explicit" texts were found on the girl's phone by her parents, who confronted Mr Semak but did not contact the police.

"It was obvious to them (the girl's parents) that, in their minds, sexual activity was taking place between the two people exchanging the messages and that sexual activity had already taken place," Mr Jackson told the court.

The girl allegedly told her parents she had been in a mutual relationship with Mr Semak and did not want the police to be contacted. But the youngster then spoke to a teacher at her school, which led to the involvement of child protection officials and the police, reports the Huffington Post.

Mr Semak was arrested in January 2012 and gave detectives a prepared statement claiming the girl had asked him for advice. The Post reports that the teenager had threatened to falsely inform the police that they had had sex, Mr Semak said, prompting him to "stupidly" respond to her texts.

In his statement to the police, Semak claimed: "I feared she would make a false allegation if I did not respond in this way." Concluding his opening speech to the jury, Mr Jackson said Semak's case was that his victim had "invented" her account and then blackmailed him.

According to the Huffington Post, the officer has been suspended from duty since April last year.