A 21-year-old man from Telford who twice raped a young girl was a ‘danger’ to society
Nathan Ellis, of Connemara Meadow in Horsehay, had admitted two offences involving a 12-year-old girl which happened in May last year.
And Shrewsbury Crown Court heard he could have continued offending if his acts had not been discovered by the girl’s parents.
He was sentenced to 10 years for each, to run concurrently, when he appeared in court yesterday.
Ellis was also given a seven-year concurrent sentence for an attempted rape involving the same victim.
In addition Ellis, of Connemara Meadow, Horsehay, was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for life and must register as a sex offender.
Police this afternoon welcomed the sentence handed down to Ellis and said they hoped the girl and her family would be able to move on with their lives.
Detective Inspector Mike Nally, from CID at Malinsgate Police Station in Telford, said: “I am pleased that Nathan Ellis will now serve a significant custodial sentence and that the danger he poses has been recognised.
“The investigation has been extremely upsetting for the victim and her family and I hope the knowledge that Ellis will now be in prison for a considerable time will help them begin to move forward with their lives.”
Judge Peter Barrie said he had read social and psychological reports and said that Ellis may still not realise the full seriousness of the offences.
He said that the incidents may well have carried on had they not been discovered by the girl’s parents.
The court heard that the victim had been disturbed and upset by the events.