A Tamworth man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of sexual offences including the rape of a girl.
53 year old David Cass was convicted of eight counts of rape following a seven-day trial.
Cass, of Deer Park Road, Fazeley, was also found guilty of three counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, two counts of attempting to rape a girl, two counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, one count of assaulting a female 13 and over by penetration and one count of cause/incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
He pleaded guilty to a further 21 offences on the first day of his trial – nine counts of taking indecent photographs/pseudo-photographs of a child, ten counts of making indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and one count of possessing indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child.
Cass was given an extended sentence, which means that he will serve at least 12 years before review. He will then be on license for four years. He has been given a sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register for life.
He was arrested on 14 November 2016 on suspicion of rape after the victim spoke to her teacher. He was arrested again on 18 October 2017 on suspicion of taking indecent images.
Detective Constable Sam Young, of Staffordshire Police’s Child Protection Exploitation Team, said: “I would like to praise the victim for her courage in speaking to officers and providing vital evidence to prosecute Cass.
“We will always do whatever it takes to bring offenders to justice, while ensuring victims and their families are offered the support they need.”
Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through www.crimestoppers-uk.org