July 2013

Man jailed for 12 years for raping Rugeley girl

A MAN who raped a young Rugeley girl three times was jailed for 12 years.

Carl Leech sexually abused the girl when she was aged between 10 and eleven and offered her mobile phone credit to keep quiet, Stafford crown court heard.

 Mr Anthony Potter, prosecuting, said the victim was too scared to tell anyone at the time, but finally plucked up the courage in March this year with a text message to her mother.

 Police arrested Leech on 10 March this year, when he denied all the allegations and only pleaded guilty on the day he was due to stand trial.

 Leech, aged 43, recently of Cambrian Street, Aberystwyth, admitted two charges of anal rape and one of vaginal rape.

 Along with the jail sentence, Recorder Mr Simon Draycott QC also put Leech on the sex offenders register for life and banned him from working with children indefinitely.

 The offences happened at a house in Rugeley between September 2008 and July the following year.

 Mr Potter said Leech would order the girl to take off her clothes and after raping her told her not to tell anyone or she would be in trouble. He also promised her credit for her mobile phone if she didn’t tell her mother.

 Mr Tim Pole, defending, said: “I concede he is going to get a relatively long sentence.”