May 2016

Man who repeatedly raped young girl jailed for eight years


A sex predator who inflicted a sexually transmitted infection on a schoolgirl after subjecting her to repeated rape ordeals has been jailed for eight years.

Steven Hanlon attacked his victim when she was eight and nine at addresses in Fife before she reported the the abuse to a woman.

Hanlon, 37, warned the girl that if she told anyone about what was happening he would be sent to prison.

Hanlon, formerly of Kelty, Fife, had earlier admitted sexually assaulting and raping her on various occasions between July 2014 and August last year.

The victim was interviewed by police and social workers and spoke in detail about the ill-treatment and was medically examined and found to have an STI as a result of the sexual abuse Hanlon put her through.

Lord Boyd told him at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday: “It seems clear that you used this young girl as a sexual object for your own gratification.”

He added: “The fact is you have committed a very serious sexual offence against a young girl.”

He ordered that the sex offender be kept under supervision for a further three years after his jail term.

Lord Boyd said he had taken into account that Hanlon had pled guilty and spared the victim the further ordeal of giving evidence.

The judge told him that if he had been convicted after trial he would have sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment.

Hanlon, who had worked as a warehouse operative with Amazon, was placed on the sex offenders register for life