12-year sentence for child rapist Print
Written by Leicestershire Police   
Wednesday, 04 July 2018 13:40

Issued on 4/7/18 at 11:26 a.m.

A Leicester man has been jailed for the rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Gary Smith (known as Tommy), was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday).

Smith denied two counts of rape against his young victim but was found guilty on 13 June following a trial.

He was sentenced to 12 years for each count, which he will serve concurrently. Smith must also sign the sex offenders register for life.

The 50-year-old, of Imperial Avenue, Leicester, bought her presents in as a show of affection. However, he would then manipulate situations where both he and his victim were alone so he could carry out the abuse - just weeks before her 13th birthday.

He also encouraged her to send indecent images of herself, while he too sent inappropriate messages to her mobile phone.

Detective Constable Jim Muzzell, the officer in the case, said: “Smith thought that by buying his victim presents, she wouldn’t tell anyone about the horrific abuse he’d committed. He thought that he could buy her silence.

“But she must be praised for her bravery. Despite her age, she gave detailed accounts to police which were vital in helping to bring Smith to justice. He is now facing a lengthy spell behind bars.”

Leicestershire Police works alongside a number of partner agencies to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).

If you think you are a victim of CSE, or know someone who may be a victim of CSE, advice and information on who to speak to can be found by visiting https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/child-sexual-exploitation

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:23 )