December 2020

Man jailed for raping girls he met on Tinder

A dangerous sex offender who raped and strangled two teenage girls he had met on dating app Tinder has been jailed for 17 years.

Christopher Hartley, 22, took both girls to isolated locations and, in separate incidents, used violence to gain power and control over them.

The victims – aged 16 and 18 – had both feared they would die during the terrifying attacks.

The first attack occurred in June 2018, when Hartley asked his 16-year-old victim to join him on a dog walk near his home in Adwick-Le-Street, Doncaster. While in a remote area, Hartley asked the victim to have sex with him. When she refused, he got her in a headlock and squeezed her neck hard before raping her.

In the second attack, in June 2019, Hartley picked up the 18-year-old victim in his car and drove her to an isolated area in Derbyshire. He then raped her in the car while holding her around the neck and pushing her around.

Hartley, of HMP Doncaster , was found guilty of seven offences including rape, sexual assault and attempt strangulation to commit rape following an eight-day trial in November.

Yesterday (Monday 7 December), he was sentenced to 17 years in prison, with an extended licence period of four years. He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, and lifelong restraining orders have been put in place to protect both victims.