December 2019

Man who raped child in 1994 might have more victims, police say

A man who twice raped a child almost 25 years ago might have other victims who have never come forward, police have said.

James Carroll carried out the attacks on the young girl in 1994.

The process of bringing him to justice began in 2017, when the woman turned to Leicestershire Police to tell officers what he had done to her.

Carroll, of Longstone Green, Thurnby Lodge, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday to be sentenced, after a jury at an earlier trial found him guilty of two counts of rape.

The now 49-year-old was given 10 years for each offence. He will serve the terms at the same time, or ‘concurrently’, rather than one after the other.

But now investigators are urging anyone with a similar allegation to come forward.

Detective Constable Jamie Carr said after the hearing: “The victim in the case came forward in 2017 to report the abuse she’d suffered at the hands of Carroll – more than 20 years after it first happened.

“She has shown great courage in providing police with details about what happened, which has resulted in Carroll’s conviction.

“He must now face up to the consequences of his actions.

“We take all reports of sexual abuse extremely seriously – even if they happened some time ago.

“I believe there may be other people out there who were abused by Carroll and I would encourage those people to come forward.”

At the conclusion of the trial earlier this month, Carroll was found not guilty of two further counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, police said.

He will be on the sex offender register for the rest of his life, and, on release from custody, will be subject to a lifetime sexual harm prevention order, which will place controls on his movements and behaviour.

March 2004

Paedophile jailed for multiple sexual charges against a 11 year old girl

Carroll was jailed for nine years in March 2004, when he was 33, for a string of serious sexual offences against an 11-year-old girl.

Carroll was put on trial in March 2004 at Lincoln Crown Court and was convicted of six charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and five of indecent assault, between June 2001 and May 2003.

All the offences related to the same victim.

The court heard that Carroll gave the girl alcohol, cannabis and cash after pressuring her to have sex with him.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Carroll abused the girl for more than two years before she finally revealed her ordeal after being picked up by police in Leicester city centre.

Jailing him for nine years, Judge John Milmo QC told Carroll: “Your conduct was closely akin to rape. You only obtained her consent by threats and gifts of money, drink and cannabis.”

Carl Gaskell, defending Carroll, told the court his client remained insistent that he was innocent and regarded the verdicts as a grave miscarriage of justice.