‘A DANGER to children’ – a Rugby man who raped a six-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Raymond Curtis, 54, from Hillmorton, Rugby was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court.
Curtis had previously pleaded guilty to one count of raping a girl under 13, two counts of sexual assault of a girl under 13 and one count of breaching the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
The court heard how the offences occurred at his home in August this year.
The offences came to light a few weeks later when the girl told a family member what had happened, and the police were contacted.
Officers arrested Curtis the same day and within 48 hours he had been charged and put before the court.
Curtis was subject to a SHPO having been convicted in 2018 of being in possession of indecent images of children. He was also convicted of breaching the terms of this order by having unsupervised access to a child under the age of 16.
Det Cons Kate Edge, from Warwickshire Police Child Abuse, Trafficking and Exploitation Team, said: “This is every family’s worst nightmare.
“I’d like to commend the bravery the victim and her family have shown. They have shown great courage to come forward and support this investigation. This allowed us to build a strong case against a man who is clearly a danger to children.
“Curtis is now where he belongs – behind bars, facing the consequences of his abhorrent crimes.
“Nothing can take away the trauma the victim and her family have suffered, but I hope they can take some comfort from the fact that Curtis will spend a long time in jail.
“I hope other victims of sexual abuse see this and are given the confidence to come forward and report their ordeal. We will investigate and we will make sure you get the support you need.”