January 2019: Back living in Bromyard very near a primary school

July 2016: Released after serving six years – On licence until November 2019

Update: Sentence reduced by Royal Court of Justice to nine years imprisonment 

December 2010

Paedophile sentenced for horrendous abuse of young girl

A paedophile has been sentenced after committing horrendous sexual and physical abuse against a young girl over a number of years

Robert John Craddock, 47 of Bromyard appeared at court where he was found guilty of 12 offences including:

  • Attempted rape of a female child aged under 13

  • Indecent assault of a female child aged under 13

  • Sexual activity with a female child aged under 13

  • Child cruelty against a female child aged under 13

  • Assault of a female child aged under 13

The court was told that Craddock began to abuse the young girl in 2000 and the abuse continued for a further eight years.

The victim was aged just seven when Craddock first indecently assaulted the girl. 

Over the course of the following years, the abuse was repeated and escalated with Craddock being violent towards the child.

In one incident, Craddock punched the girl on the jaw for refusing sexual contact. In another incident the pervert attempted to strangle the then 12 year old girl with her own hooded top.

Other abuse included, demanding the girl to engage in oral sex, molestation and violent sexual attacks including attempted rape

The abuse finally ended when the girl spoke out against her abuser. 

Craddock worked at his fathers shop. He fixed washing machines and helped to deliver furniture into customers homes

The judge sentenced Craddock to eleven years imprisonment minus time spent on remand.

He was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order ‘SOPO’ and was old that he must register as a sex offender for life