March 2021

Paedophile, 35, is jailed for 23 years after string of ‘abhorrent’ rapes and sex attacks on a child

A vile paedophile who committed ‘abhorrent crimes’ against a child has been jailed for 23 years.

Sean McConnell, 35,  from Halifax was convicted of nine counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape against a child in 2006.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the offences related to one child victim, who cannot be named, who came forward to report McConnell’s offending in 2017.

An investigation was launched by Calderdale specialist child abuse investigators and he was subsequently arrested and charged with 14 total offences.

The jury found McConnell not guilty of five counts but guilty of nine offences.

He was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be added to the sex offenders register for life. He is also barred from working with children.