June 2017

Disgraceful – man, 33, filmed himself raping young girl under 13

A paedophile who filmed himself raping an ‘extremely vulnerable’ young girl under the age of 13 has been jailed.

Matthew Clarke, 33, of Faldingworth, committed a string of horrific sexual offences against the youngster over an eight-year period.

James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Clarke groomed his victim before moving on to sexually abuse her.

Clarke, of no fixed address but formerly of Stocks Lane, was also found with more than 1,100 child sexual abuse images on his mobile phone when it was examined by police.

The offences came to light when his victim was spoken to by police in connection with a separate incident.

The girl was interviewed as a witness in that matter and went on to reveal the horrific abuse she had suffered at the hands of Clarke.

Clarke admitted a total of 28 charges, including rape of a child under the age of 13, assault by penetration of a child under 13, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault, taking indecent photographs of a child and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order designed to restrict his behaviour on his release from custody.

Judge John PIni QC, passing sentence, told Clarke: “You have pleaded guilty to extremely serious and repeated sexual offending. From a young age you groomed your victim and used her as a sex toy. She was extremely vulnerable.”