A man, who carried out a “campaign of abuse” on a young girl, has been jailed for 12 years and placed on the sex offender’s register for life.
Stephen Stroud, 47, of King Street, Norwich, admitted rape, attempted rape and sexual assaults on the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Jonathan Seely, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said that Stroud had started to abuse the girl when she was 13 but it was only years later she found the courage to come forward to make a complaint to police about the sexual abuse.
Sentencing him, Judge Anthony Bate said that Stroud had been assessed as posing a “high risk” of harm to children and said he had carried out a “campaign of abuse” on the victim.
He said Stroud had now faced up to what he had done and had expressed a wish to understand his behaviour.
Judge Bate accepted Stroud had spared the victim coming to court: “You spared her the ordeal of reliving these traumatic events in front of a jury.