Jail for man who raped girl of nine

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A CHILD molester who raped a nine-year-old girl a decade after sexually abusing a 16-year-old has been jailed for 12 years.

And David Harry, of Rose Street, Rodbourne, will be on licence for an extra three years after a judge ruled he posed a significant risk of serious harm through further offences against young girls.

The 43-year-old denied wrongdoing, forcing the girl to give evidence at a trial.

And the child’s father said she was still suffering from the ordeal she had been through at the hands of Harry.

The court heard how Harry was a friend of the girl’s family and in late 2010 started a brief period of grooming of the youngster.

A few weeks before he asked her and a friend if they wanted to see him naked, then he showed her pornography.

The following day he was alone with her when he got her to perform a sex act on him while he indecently touched her.

After each of the incidents he told her not to tell anyone and she kept quiet for a year before revealing what had taken place, first to a family friend and then her father.

Harry, of Rose Street, pleaded not guilty to rape of a child under 13, sexual assault of a child under 13 and causing a child to watch sexual activity but was convicted at trial.

The court heard that in 2000 he admitted sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl as she slept in his car at a car park.

Chris Oswald, defending, said although his client can’t recall committing the offences against the nine-year-old he accepts they took place as a result of the evidence he heard.

He said he is full of remorse as he too was abused when he was a child.

Judge Euan Ambrose imposed a 12-year jail term with a three-year extended licence, said he would be on the barred list preventing him working with children and must register as a sex offender for life.

The judge also imposed a sexual offences prevention order stopping him having contact with young girls when he is released.

Detective Constable Clare Wyness said: “We are happy with the sentence as it represents the serious nature of these offences.

“David Harry used his position of trust to prey on a nine-year-old child.

“Not only did he subject her to horrific sexual assaults, but he put her through the ordeal of a trial by pleading not guilty to his crimes.

“I would like to thank this young girl for the bravery she has shown throughout.

“I hope the outcome will encourage victims of sexual assaults to report these crimes as Wiltshire Police will always investigate them fully."

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