Man jailed for raping teenager
A 45-year-old man has been jailed at Preston Crown Court for 14 years for raping a 17-year-old boy. Steven Reece attacked the teenager in June 2018. He pushed and shoved him, sexually assaulted him and then orally raped him. Reece then threatened to ‘batter' him and told him if he said anything, he would deny it.
After considering the forensic evidence recovered from Reece's clothes and the victim's account, the CPS authorised charges for Reece. Following a 6-day trial in April this year the jury found him guilty of rape and sexual assault.
Today, Reece was sentenced to 14 years in prison, notification requirements and an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made.
In an emotional victim impact statement, the victim said he struggled to sleep, had suffered flashbacks and has experienced anxiety on a daily basis since the incident.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Brett Gerrity of CPS North West said: "Throughout the case, Steven Reece denied the offences he faced. It's been a rocky path - with the victim feeling unable to give evidence at points, the CPS applied for him to give his evidence over a video link from another area in the court building so he wasn't in the same room as the defendant. This assisted the victim in standing up to his abuser in court and giving his evidence.
"I am very grateful to this brave young man, whose evidence was crucial in securing this conviction. The impact of these offences cannot be overstated. He was young, alone and vulnerable, and Reece took full advantage of that. I hope that today's sentence will bring a measure of comfort to him"
Notes to editors
- Brett Gerrity is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the North West Rape and Serious Sexual offences Unit (Rasso)
- The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to closing the gap between the number of cases being reported and those going to court, to make sure more victims get justice.
- In June, the CPS and the NPCC launched the National ISVA framework which commits to new minimum standards of support for victims of rape and sexual violence.
- Victims can report sexual offences to their local police on 101 or call 999 if they are in immediate danger. For confidential support, victims can speak to Rape Crisis and Victim Support.