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A Fazeley man has been jailed for 18 years for raping a teenage girl.
David Cass, of Deer Park Road, was found guilty following on eight counts after a week-long trial.
The 53-year-old 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 causing/inciting 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 14th November 2016 on suspicion of rape after the victim spoke to her teacher. He was arrested again on 18th October 2017 on suspicion of taking indecent images.
Detective Constable Sam Young 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.”