A PAEDOPHILE raped a vulnerable 12-year-old boy in Rugby after grooming him over a period of months.
Adam Craig Pike, 30, of Jersey Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, was sentenced to nine years in prison at Coventry Crown Court on Thursday (March 28), after being found guilty of raping a child under 13 and causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
The court heard how Pike befriended his victim in Rugby in 2015 when the boy was just 12.
Pike developed the relationship over a number of months before he started to abuse the boy, promising him gifts in return for performing sexual acts.
The offences occurred some time between 2015 and 2016.
Pike was arrested in July 2016 after the victim’s mother reported the offences to police in Coventry.
Det Con Scott Loughran from Rugby CID said: “Pike specifically targeted a vulnerable boy and exploited him for his own sexual gratification.
“He is clearly a danger to children having gained his victim’s trust, promising him gifts, in order to satisfy his disturbing impulses. This is a type of behaviour typically associate with people who exploit children.
“The victim and his family have shown immense courage in supporting this investigation and trial. I hope this sentencing gives them some form of closure as they attempt to move on with their lives.
“Warwickshire Police is committed to investigating all reports of sexual abuse against children and I hope this outcome gives others the confidence to come forward.”
Pike was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
He was found not guilty of two counts of rape and one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
Visit www.warwickshirecse.co.uk for more information about how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.