February 2018

Child rapist spared prison

A baby-faced sex offender has been spared jail, despite admitting he raped a schoolgirl aged just 12 when he was only 16.

Despite looking much younger, Charlie Flinders, from Rotherham, was convicted of the horrifying rape at a court hearing in December last year.

Flinders raped the vulnerable victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, despite knowing that she was just 11 when he made contact with her.

Flinders, of South Street, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday where he was sentenced, after pleading guilty to the rape of a child aged under 16

The court heard that despite knowing her age the defendant still sent the victim sexually explicit text messages amounting to “sexual communication” that were revealed during the police investigation.

Following the hearing Flinders was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting one count of rape