November 2011

60-year-old jailed for sex offences against young girl

A 60-YEAR-old has been jailed for 11 years for 21 sex offences against a young girl.

James Draper, of Addymore, Cam, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life and is banned indefinitely from working with children.

Last month at Gloucester Crown Court, he was found guilty of 13 offences of sexual assault, six of assault by penetration and two of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was cleared of six more serious charges of attempted rape.

Draper had been on bail since his convictions so he could put his affairs in order before he was sentenced.

Sitting at Bristol Crown Court, the trial judge, William Hart, imposed jail terms totalling 11 years on Draper on Monday.

During the trial prosecutor Sarah Regan said the girl said nothing about her ordeal at Draper’s hands until last year.

Counselling

The police were not contacted at that stage but, when she later received counselling sessions, she disclosed to her counsellor what had happened.

Social services were then contacted, who in turn informed the police, as they have to in every case, said Ms Regan.

The girl said the abuse began with Draper initially being “touchy feely” and then flirtatious.

Ms Regan said Draper told the girl he would get her into trouble if she did not do what he wanted.

“She said she would try to scream or push him away but he would hold her arms and pull her back.”

“She said he had tried to have sex with her more than ten times but less than 16.

“When she told him she didn’t like it he would promise that it would never happen again.”

Draper always denied ever behaving inappropriately towards the girl.