A mechanic from Crawley has been jailed for 18 years for a number of sexual offences against a ten-year-old girl, including two counts of rape.
John Cole, 33, of Oak Way, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court yesterday (Friday, 11) after being convicted of two offences of rape and four offences of engaging in sexual activity against the victim.
Police said he will also be a registered sex offender for life.
DC Kirstie Prentice, of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said:
“Cole sexually abused her [the victim], taking advantage of her age and natural vulnerability for his own sexual gratification.
“She has very bravely supported the investigation throughout and gave evidence against Cole in court, with special measures including a screen to help her.”