December 2017

Perverted bus driver who subjected young girl to campaign of rapes jailed

A perverted bus driver who subjected a young girl to a campaign of rapes has been jailed for 14 years.

Kristopher Potts repeatedly raped the girl from the age of 12 in sickening attacks that have left her traumatised.

She finally plucked up the courage to tell her mum what had been happening after he became violent during one rape and tightened his hand around her neck.

Now the 29-year-old, who worked for Stagecoach, has been jailed after admitting eleven counts of rape and one of sexual assault at Newcastle Crown Court.

The victim said in a statement read to the court and directed at Potts: “You have taken away some of my childhood and caused me horrendous flashbacks and panic attacks that scare me.

“I feel you have caused me everlasting harm mentally.

“I can’t handle my emotions, it’s all too much.

“Knowing I have kept other people safe from someone so disgusting and vile makes me feel a little bit better.”

The girl’s mother, who attended court to see her daughter’s abuser sentenced, read out her own heart-rending victim statement.

She said: “My life was destroyed and at this moment I can’t see it ever recovering.

seeing her panic even though she knows you can never harm her again.”

She added: “I cry myself to sleep because I can’t bear to think about the horrendous physical assaults she has had inflicted on her.”

The court heard the girl confided in her school friend about the abuse she was suffering and she continually tried to persuade her to tell her mum.

It was after Potts became violent during one of the rapes that she finally plucked up the courage to tearfully report what had been happening.

David Lamb, prosecuting, said: “He was violent towards her, he put his hand around her neck.

“She said it felt horrible, she couldn’t breathe. He had a really tight hold of her neck.”

Potts, of Station Road, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to eleven rapes and one sexual assault and was jailed for 14 years with an extended licence of an additional year.

He must also sign the sex offenders register for life, was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, was barred from working with children and was given a restraining order.

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