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Rapist jailed for eight-year campaign of abuse

|News, Sexual offences

A man who admitted to carrying out over 100 rapes against a young girl over an eight-year campaign of abuse has been sentenced today (19 February) at Newcastle Crown Court.

Robert Driver, 54, pleaded guilty to one charge of assault of a child by penetration and three charges of rape - two of these charges accounted for over 100 separate rapes between them.

Today he has been sentenced to 17 years and 2 months in prison and given a sexual harm prevention order for life.

Debbie Breen of the CPS said: “Robert Driver preyed on a vulnerable girl, grooming her from an early age before subjecting her to a lengthy campaign of sexual abuse.

“The effect of Driver’s actions on his victim has been significant and she is understandably deeply traumatised by his abuse.

“The CPS worked closely with Northumbria Police to build a robust case against Robert Driver, leaving him little option but to plead guilty to charges reflecting the scale of his offending.

“Our specialist team is committed to tackling rape and serious sexual violence offences like this and will continue to do so wherever the legal test is met.”

Notes to editors

  • Robert Driver, 54, of Bloomfield Avenue, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to one charge of assault of a child by penetration and three charges of rape at Newcastle Crown Court on 20 November 2020
  • Debbie Breen is a District Crown Prosecutor in the rape and serious sexual offences team in CPS North East
  • More information on how prosecutors and Police join forces in the North East to reduce delays in charging decisions for victims of rape and serious sexual offences can be found here
  • More on the significant programme of work ongoing at the CPS to narrow the gap between reported rapes and those which reach court.

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