May 2016

Sex predator subjected girl to campaign of rapes from the age of three

A sex predator who subjected a girl to a campaign of rapes and sex attacks from the age of three has been jailed for 10 years.

Shawn Stevenson repeatedly abused the youngster in a series of sordid attacks spanning many years.

The pervert was also caught with indecent images and recordings of children, including the girl, on his computer.

Now Stevenson, 22, from Dunston, Gateshead, has been branded a danger and locked up at Newcastle Crown Court.

He admitted 21 sex offences, including multiple child rapes, child sexual assaults, voyeurism and possessing indecent images of children.

Sentencing him to 10 years with an extended licence period until 2030, Judge Tim Gittins told him: “You have destroyed virtually all her childhood with your campaign of sexual abuse.

“It’s clear there will be severe psychological trauma to her. I hope she now has the strength to rebuild her life.

“It’s clear from the pre-sentence report you are and remain a danger to young females by way of similar such behaviour.”

The court heard the girl was first raped when she was three and there were then repeated further attacks.

Stevenson had also asked the girl to send him pictures of her friends.

When the truth came out about what he had been doing, the victim revealed he had been abusing her since she was three.

Police were called and when they examined Stevenson’s computer they found a recording of the girl.

There were also 99 indecent images which he had downloaded from the internet.

As well as the prison sentence, Stevenson must sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 14 years.

Jane Waugh, defending, said: “He was only a boy himself when these offences began, although he was an adult towards the end of the offending.

“When he was confronted he accepted it and admitted it and went on to tell the police far more than [the victim] had done. He was full and frank with his admissions.

“He felt very isolated when he was young.

“Although what he has done is terrible, he is but a young man himself. He is wanting and willing to change.”