February 2018

A paedophile who repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted a child has been jailed for 14 years.

Keith Emmerson was handed the lengthy sentence after a judge described how his victim had been left deeply traumatised.

The 40-year-old’s offending eventually came to light after the young girl built up a relationship with a psychiatrist and revealed the full extent of the abuse she had suffered, Leeds Crown Court heard.

During a five-day trial Emmerson was found guilty of four counts of rape of a child under 13, two counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration, two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, one count of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The court heard Emmerson was arrested and released on bail after the victim made an initial complaint to police about him.

The girl then revealed the full details of what Emmerson had done to her more than a year later after speaking with a psychiatrist.

The court heard the girl was first abused by Emmerson when she was eight years old.

Emmerson continued to deny the offences and the victim, who is from Kirklees and cannot be identified for legal reasons, had to give evidence at trial.

Describing the impact of the offending on the victim, Recorder Margia Mostafa told Emmerson: “I have observed her give her evidence and she struck me as an incredibly sad and deflated young girl.”

She added: “You continued to inflict your abusive desires on her.”

The court heard the girl continues to suffer with anxiety as a result of the abuse.

Emmerson was told he must serve a custodial term of 14 years, followed by extended period on licence of one year.

Emmerson, of Primrose Road in Halton, Leeds, must also sign the sex offender register for life and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.