July 2013

Child rapist is sent to jail for 17 years


Pervert David East has been jailed for 17 years after he repeatedly raped a vulnerable girl.

The 41-year-old denied a series of sexual offences, all against the same victim, but was convicted by a jury at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month.

East, of Den Lane, Crewe, was found guilty of 11 charges of rape, five offences of indecent assault and one charge of sexual assault.

The court heard the youngster made a complaint soon after the sexual activity began, but was not believed by the person she confided in.

East first raped the girl when she was a schoolgirl but she did not tell anyone as she did not think she would be believed.

The pervert went on to rape the girl on a regular basis and had unprotected sexual intercourse with her.

The victim, who lived in North Staffordshire, eventually reported the abuse to police last year.

East, who still maintains his innocence, has no previous convictions.

Adam Watkins, mitigating, said: “There were no threats to induce silence.

“There was no extreme control or possessive behaviour.”

Mr Watkins added that East’s lengthy custodial sentence will not just affect him, but on his young family as well.

Sentencing East, Judge Paul Glenn said: “Through the years of abuse, she told no-one.

“She did not think she would be believed as no-one believed her previously. She bottled it up.

“She was a vulnerable child when you began the abuse of her.

“She has been significantly affected by what you did. You have blighted her life.

“These were committed for your own sexual gratification.”

Judge Glenn placed East on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life and barred him from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.

East will serve no more than half the 17-year sentence with the rest on licence.

After the sentence, DC Paul Edwards, from Staffordshire Police’s adult protection team, said: “Staffordshire Police is committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of the community.

He added: “We thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse, including historic offences, and work with partners to tackle these serious crimes in a sensitive manner.”

Anyone with information about suspected sexual abuse should contact our Protecting Vulnerable People Department on 101.