August 2007

This monster almost destroyed my daughter


The mother of a little girl abused by a paedophile has branded him a monster.

Pervert Robert Ralph was jailed for three years for sexually assaulting a young girl from the Havant area and so will spend at least the next 18 months behind bars.

Now the victim’s mother has spoken out at her horror at the sick actions of 36-year-old Ralph, a septic tank cleaner.

The mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said that the abuse – which happened in 2005 – is still affecting her daughter.

‘She is angry and upset and has not got over it,’ she said. ‘That man is a total monster who almost destroyed my daughter.

‘It has left us very shaken and it will not be easy for her.

‘The only good thing to come out of this is that he has been brought to the attention of the police and he has to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.’

The young girl is now having to undergo counselling which her mother hopes will help her get over what has happened.

‘My daughter has been through hell. She is constantly angry and upset. She is just a little girl, she should not be going through this.’

Ralph, formerly of Cuckmere Lane, Southampton, was convicted at Southampton Crown Court of one charge of sexual assault of a female child under the age of 13 and one charge of causing or inciting a female child under 13 in sexual activity.

The judge gave him three years for each conviction which will run concurrently, meaning he will only serve around 18 months – half his sentence.

He will be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

Det Sgt Matthew Gillooly of Hampshire Constabulary’s Child Abuse unit said: ‘It was a difficult investigation due to the age of the victim but a thorough investigation was carried out in close liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘We feel a just sentence has been handed down to Robert Ralph. We would like to praise the courage of the family and especially the little girl who had to give evidence by video link – which is a harrowing and distressing experience for a child of that age.

‘Anyone who targets and offends against children is a potential risk to the public.’