Grantham man jailed for 16 years for rape and sexual abuse of 11-year-old girl

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A man who raped and sexual abused a young girl was today jailed for 16 years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Darren Blackley was told by Judge Simon Hirst that he had carried out a campaign of rape and sexual abuse against his victim.

Judge Hirst, passing sentence, told Blackley: “My fear is it will be many years before the true extent of what you did to her becomes apparent. The damage you did to her is incalculable.

“I sentence you for a campaign of rape and sexual abuse.”

Blackley, 36, of East Avenue, Grantham, admitted charges of rape, assault by penetration, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said that Blackley groomed the girl before moving on to sexually abuse her and then raping her when she was 11 years old.

The offences came to light earlier this year after she wrote a note to a school friend. She later spoke to a teacher and a police investigation was launched.

Miss Bradley said: “This was the systematic abuse and corruption of a young child. She had no understanding of sexual matters before being abused by the defendant.

“She speaks of feeling trapped and frightened of saying anything. She could not stop what was happening. The defendant told her not to say anything or she would be in deep trouble.”

Miss Bradley added: “When the defendant was interviewed he said he had been single for four years and was a sad and lonely b*****d.”

Mark Watson, in mitigation, said: “He recognises the damage that he has done. He shows insight into his offending. He doesn’t seek in any way to justify it.

“He made significant if not complete admissions in his interview and pleaded guilty at the very first opportunity. That is a clear demonstration of remorse.”