May 2016

Convicted rapist plied schoolgirl with alcohol before having unprotected sex with her

A already convicted rapist who groomed a schoolgirl and plied her with drink to have unprotected sex with her is behind bars again today.

Carl Bishop, 37, took advantage of the girl to satisfy his perverted desires despite being warned against it and knowing she was underage.

Today he was branded a public danger and given an extended prison sentence.

He invited the teenage girl to a Stockton home where he gave her drink until she was violently ill, Teesside Crown Court heard this morning.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett said Bishop was told the victim’s young age at least three times and “there was a background of grooming”.

He only stopped when another young girl intervened.

Bishop was cleared of rape charges after a trial earlier this month, but found guilty of an alternative charge of sexual activity with a child.

In 2005, he was found guilty of raping a young woman and jailed for five years.

He met the woman in a nightclub, they started to have consensual sex at a friend’s home but she told him to stop and pushed him away.

Then living in Hemlington, Middlesbrough , Bishop stopped her from leaving, pushed her to the floor, grabbed her by the throat and hair and raped her in the living room.

She described him to a jury as “evil” and “like Jekyll and Hyde”.

The court heard how he had numerous other offences on his record including robberies, burglaries and assaults, as well as reports of domestic violence and a harassment warning in 2012.

The Probation Service deemed him a high risk of serious harm.

Katy Rafter, defending, said Bishop regretted his latest offence – despite still denying it and claiming he thought the girl was 16.

She said he had made “substantial progress in managing himself” since 2005.

He now recognised his behaviour was “wholly inappropriate” and was willing to tackle the risk he posed, though he had done such work before and reoffended.

“I don’t accept that he poses a significant risk of serious harm,” said Ms Rafter.

“The offence of rape was over 10 years ago. There’s been no problems in the interim.”

Judge Tony Briggs told Bishop: “It is perfectly clear that you knew full well her age.

“It is plain on the evidence that you were keen on her.

“During the course of that evening you plied her with drink or drinks.

“You were warned not to engage in sexual activity with her, but in the end you did.

“She was quite clearly under the influence of alcohol.

“You had ample opportunity to consider what you were going to do.

“This was not an incident of impulse. It is quite clear that it required a degree of thought on your part.

“It is really quite staggering that you decided to behave in this particular way and commit this serious offence.”

He ruled Bishop posed a significant risk of causing serious psychological harm to others and was a dangerous offender.

Bishop, of Freeford Road, Newcastle, was jailed for seven years with an extended four-year licence period.

He was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.