December 2018

Judge tells child rapist that he may never be released

A dangerous sex offender who subjected a young girl to a pro-longed campaign of rape and sexual abuse has been told he may never be released.

Scott Glover, 43, from the Camborne area, has been jailed for more than 20 years after being found guilty of a total of 37 charges relating to a single victim, a girl under 16.

The indictment levelled against Glover originally consisted of 10 sexual assaults, 12 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, six rapes and nine instances of sexual activity with a child.

Glover, who worked in a garage in Helston, denied all the charges, saying they were “utterly false”.

Glover’s trial underway at Truro Crown Court last week, and a jury returned its verdicts on Tuesday (December 13) after six and a half hours of deliberation.

The jury convicted him of 37 of the 38 counts. He was found not guilty of one of the rape charges.

Opening the case last week, Sean Brunton, QC, said the victim “on occasions considered killing herself” because of the secret she was keeping.

The girl eventually confided in her friend and then went to her school’s student liaison officer before the allegations were passed to the police.

Mr Brunton added: “She was confused, dazed and described what had happened to her as surreal.”

During sentencing, the court heard how the abuse against the victim was “long-term and systematic”.

Glover made the child wear “sexy underwear” and use a vibrator for his own sexual gratification, as well as showing her adult pornography.

This escalated to sexual assault and rape. During the rapes Glover would sometimes, but not always, wear a condom and the victim first took the contraceptive pill aged 13.

Sentencing Glover to 22 years in prison, plus an additional year on licence, Judge Carr said: “You have been found guilty by a jury of long term and systematic abuse. She (the victim) described you as an opportunist paedophile and that is precisely what you are.

“As she got older she felt more able to speak out. Her interview was striking not just because of the detail but the length of it, in fact she spoke for almost two hours, to unburden herself of what you had done.

“Her life has been devastated, she will carry the effects of what you did for the rest of her life. You have shown not one iota of remorse for what you did, which was purely for your own gratification.”

Glover showed no emotion throughout sentencing.

He must sign the sex offenders register for life and will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least two thirds of his sentence.

“But I find it difficult to ever envisage a time when it will be safe for you to be released,” Judge Carr added.