18 years in prison for child rapist

Ralph Stevenson, jailed for 18 years for string of child sex offences.

Ralph Stevenson, jailed for 18 years for string of child sex offences.

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A child rapist has been caged for 18 years after admitting a number of child sex offences.

Ralph Stevenson, 69, formerly of Long Eaton, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child under 13 and nine counts of sexual assault of a child under 13.

At an earlier hearing, he also admitted possession of indecent images of a child and three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

The offences were committed between October 2008 and May 2013 in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, the court heard.

Det Sgt Sarah Constantine, from Lincolnshire police’s Public Protection Unit, said, following the conviction: “The sentence given today to Mr Stevenson reflects the severity of his offences and the devastating and lasting impact this has upon the victim and their family.

“I hope that the sentence is of some comfort to them when they try to rebuild their lives and that, one day, they can put this behind them.”