May 2017

Pervert who raped teenage girl and tried to rape 13-year-old is jailed

A man who raped a teenage girl and tried to rape another in Nuneaton has been jailed for more than a decade.

Chad Roper proved he has a “worrying and dangerous lack of understanding about sexual boundaries” when he attacked the girls – the youngest was just 13 years old.

He denied charges of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault against the two girls – as well as sexual activity with a third – but was found unanimously guilty following a week-long trial earlier this year.

Roper was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Friday to 12 years behind bars with an extension of five years on licence whenever he is released from prison.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Prosecutor Matthew Lowe had told the jury back in April: “The case against this defendant is that he is a young man with a worrying and dangerous lack of understanding about sexual boundaries.

“That has demonstrated itself over a number of years in relation to three separate young women, with him taking advantage not only of their youth, but their state of intoxication.”

The first attack happened in 2008 when Roper, 23, of Princes Avenue, Nuneaton, approached a 13-year-old girl as she chatted with friends near to the Jubilee Sports Centre, in Greenmoor Road.

Roper led her to a canal towpath and sexually assaulted her and then tried to rape her, but she managed to get away.

In the summer of 2013 he then raped a 16-year-old girl after he had been messaging her and asking to meet.

When they did so he gave her cannabis and when he messaged her again in the summer of that year, she was reluctant to see him, but her friends encouraged her to do so because she might get a “spliff” from him, Mr Lowe said.

They met on the canal bank and he pushed her down and raped her.

Later in 2013, or early 2014, Roper had acted in a similar way towards a 15-year-old girl who had been drinking cider with a friend in another Nuneaton park and was extremely drunk.

Roper approached them smoking a joint and began talking to her while her friend wandered off.

He had sex with her on a bench using a condom, but then removed the condom and carried on. As a result of removing the condom, he was charged with raping her, but that was dropped part-way through the trial.

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