September 2016

Pervert jailed for 18 yrs for raping, sexually assaulting and taking indecent images of young girl


A man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of raping, sexually assaulting and taking indecent images of a young girl.

Karl Raine, 43, formerly of Warren Avenue, Fakenham, was found guilty of one count of rape, two sexual assaults and three counts of making and taking indecent images following a two and half week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Raine had pleaded not guilty, meaning his victim had to give evidence against him during the trial; however a jury found him guilty of all six counts.

After receiving intelligence from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), part of the National Crime Agency (NCA), a warrant was carried out on April 24 2014 at his address by members of Norfolk Constabulary’s Safeguarding Children Online Team (SCOLT).

This warrant instigated a detailed investigation where Raine was further arrested on June 28 2014 on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and again on July 21 2014 on suspicion of rape of a female under 13.

He was charged on April 16 2015 with six offences relating to child sexual abuse and taking and making indecent images of children and was released on police bail.

A second referral to the SCOLT prompted another search of Raine’s property on January 12 2016. When police arrived Raine threatened officers with what was later identified as an imitation firearm. He denied the offence but was later found guilty of causing fear or provocation of violence with an imitation firearm.

Raine was sentenced on Wednesday for all the offences and was jailed for 18 years and placed on the sex offender’s register for life.