July 2013

Rapist jailed for attacks on teens


A man convicted of raping two teenage girls has been jailed for a total of 13 years by a judge who called his crimes “hideous” and “monstrous”.

Sean Ralph was also told that he had subjected them to a gross attack on their character, accusing them of having no qualms about telling outrageous lies against an innocent man.

Sean Ralph, 22 and from Knott End in Poulton, raped a 15-year-old girl in 2010. He then set upon another girl, aged 16, in 2011. He denied two charges of rape, but had been convicted following a trial.

He had been cleared of a further charge of raping one of the girls. Preston Crown Court heard that in a victim personal statement, one of the victims described how what happened had affected her studies.

Fraser Livesey, defending, said Ralph continued to deny the offences.

He said: “It is his first custodial experience.

“He intends to make something of that time, to use the time sensibly in custody.”

The barrister also said that at the time, Ralph had been indulging in childish behaviour and binge drinking.

“The offences were born out of boorishness, rather than malevolence”, added Mr Livesey.

Ralph was given six and a half years prison on each of the two counts of rape, to run consecutively.

Judge Christopher Cornwall said that the two females had been subjected to a gross attack upon their character, with them being accused of having no qualms about telling the most outrageous lies against an innocent man.

He told him: “I am left with the overwhelming impression that your attitude to both these girls was really one of utter contempt.

“You treated each as an object, or a vehicle by which you could obtain sexual satisfaction that you sought.

“I do find you pose a significant risk of causing serious harm to other women by reason of committing serious sexual offences.”

Ralph will be on the sex offenders register for life.