Nine years in prison for man who raped a disabled girl in Rushden

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A 68-YEAR-old man who raped a disabled girl has been jailed for a total of nine years.

James Reeve, of Leamington, Warwickshire, was arrested after his seven-year-old victim disclosed the offences to Northamptonshire Police in August, 2019.

Reeve was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court yesterday, (Tuesday, September 15), having admitted rape, a string of further sexual assaults and one of possessing indecent images of children. The offences took place in Rushden.

Judge Adrienne Lucking QC sentenced Reeve to nine years for rape.

On the remaining seven sexual assaults and the possession of indecent images, he received sentences of between 18 months and seven-and-a-half years, to run concurrently. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Det Cons Selena Leppard, of Northamptonshire Police’s Child Protection Team (CPT), said: “Reeve took advantage of an extremely vulnerable young child in order to satisfy his own perverse sexual needs without consideration for anyone except himself.

“It took great courage for this little girl to speak about what happened when she was interviewed by the CPT. Her account was clear and compelling and no doubt contributed massively to Reeve pleading guilty to eight sex offences.

“It goes to show how the dedication and hard work of the CPT, as well as the courage of the victim and her family, has put another dangerous sex offender behind bars.

“I am very pleased with the sentence – Reeve is an elderly man who may live out the rest of his days in prison. If he is ever released he will be subject to management by the MOSOVO team and be on the Sex Offender Register for life.”