Pilot Jailed for Raping Girl After Urging Her Not to Go to Police Because He Would Lose His Career

A pilot has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for raping a young girl and then urging her not to go to police over fears his reputation would be tarnished and he would lose his career.

Tevin McLeod was arrested shortly after he landed a flight at Manchester Airport in the U.K. on September 7, a West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed to Newsweek. McLeod was charged the next day with the rape and sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13, police said.

McLeod, of Birmingham, U.K., initially denied assaulting the girl, but jurors at Birmingham Crown Court heard he had sent her messages in an urgent bid to stop her from reporting it to authorities. He acknowledged the abuse, which took place between 2015 and 2016, in those messages.

McLeod told her that his reputation would be ruined if people found out about the incidents. He also told her that he would lose his career as a pilot and be sent to prison because she was "underage," police said.

McLeod later admitted his guilt and he was sentenced on Friday to seven and a half years in prison. He will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order when he is released, police said.

Detective Constable Stewart Garratt, from West Midlands Police's Birmingham Child Abuse Public Protection Team, said the young victim in this case was brave for coming forward and reporting the abuse.

"For a child to speak out and report sexual abuse is a huge deal for them and I commend the bravery of this young girl for confiding in someone," he said after McLeod was sentenced.

"It's for these sorts of crimes involving children that we have a dedicated specialist department with officers specially trained to help young people through the judicial process. I've no doubt that the voice of this child has stopped other children being targeted."

McLeod's Instagram page shows his frequent traveling, including selfies taken in the cockpit of planes.

His most recent post, a day before his arrest, showed him posing with two other men in front of a small plane. The geotag on the image is for 2Fly Airborne, a flight school based in Merritt Island, Florida.

The flight school's logo features on McLeod's uniform in several images he has posted on Instagram. Newsweek has contacted 2Fly Airborne for comment.

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Tevin McLeod has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for raping a girl under 13. West Midlands Police