Child rapist behind bars

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A CHILD rapist was behind bars today after he was found guilty of a catalogue of sickening crimes.

Peter Stephenson, 44, of Ashfield Road, Bispham, was convicted of five charges of indecent assault, two of attempted rape, and five of rape.

He was found guilty after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

The court heard Stephenson still maintained his innocence and there was little could be said in mitigation when he appeared for sentencing yesterday.

Jailing Stephenson for a total of eight years, Judge Heather Lloyd told him: “You have no regard for the boundaries of common decency or morality.”

The judge placed Stephenson on the Sex Offenders Register for life and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made until further notice which prevents Stephenson from having unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 16.

He was also disqualified from working with children indefinitely.