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Predatory child rapist sent to prison

|News, Sexual offences

An 11-year-old girl was raped and sexually assaulted at a derelict windmill in Portland, Dorset on 31 August 2019.

James Loveman, aged 22, was found guilty by jurors at Bournemouth Crown Court earlier this year. He was sentenced today (27 November 2020) to seven years' imprisonment.

Julia Woodward, CPS Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Senior Crown Prosecutor said, “The victim in this case was incredibly brave throughout the investigation and prosecution. She was courageous in contacting the police immediately to report what had happened to her, which meant that Loveman could be identified and arrested quickly.

“CPS Wessex worked closely with Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, using forensic evidence to help secure a guilty verdict.

“We hope that today’s sentence has delivered justice and provides some comfort to the victim.

“These types of crimes are devastating and can have a lasting impact. CPS is committed to prosecuting rape and serious sexual offences and has launched a five-year strategy, RASSO 2025, to deliver ongoing focus and commitment to delivering justice for victims.”

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