September 2013

‘Vile’ babysitter used blackmail to rape teenage girl in his care


A BABYSITTER has been jailed for 12 years for raping a girl who he had groomed and blackmailed into concealing his “vile” abuse.

A court heard Colin Cooper, 51, controlled the girl’s life in “minute detail”, reading her texts and Facebook posts and telling her they would have a baby together

He first preyed on his teenage victim when he was asked to stay with her to help her overcome her fear of the dark.

Hull Crown Court heard he threatened the girl with violence and took away her bank card, blackmailing her to keep his wicked secret.

The abuse escalated and he raped her the day after her 16th birthday, only stopping when he heard her mother knocking on the front door of the home.

Recorder Robin Mairs sentenced Cooper to 12 years behind bars while his victim’s family wept in the public gallery.

The court heard Cooper subjected the girl to five years of abuse, starting when she was just 15.

He was interviewed by police on July 26 and made a full admission.

Cooper had previous convictions for animal cruelty and dishonesty.

He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life in addition to his prison term.

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