A 29-year-old man, Joshua Carter of north Hull, has been sentenced today [Friday 10 December 2021] to 22 years behind bars after the jury found him guilty of 15 offences.
This included 9 offences relating to rape of a nine-year-old girl, four offences relating to the assault of a nine-year-old girl, and two offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Detective Sergeant Justin Marrow said: “This is an awful case where a young child has become victim to abhorrent crimes.
“Whilst we are pleased to see that this man is now behind bars, the sentencing does not take away the horrific events that have taken place or the impacts that this will have had on the victim.
“But, I hope that it can provide the victim with some comfort in knowing that no-one else will come to harm because of this predator.
“The victim and their family have shown immense bravery and strength throughout the case and I would like to thank them for their continuous support.
“I would also like to provide reassurance to anyone who may have suffered any form of sexual abuse that if you come to us, we will listen to you and will act against those responsible.
“We work closely with a number of charities and the local authorities to ensure victims of this type of crime are offered advice whether they decide to pursue through the justice system or otherwise.
“We have a dedicated team of specialist officers who are here to listen to and to support you through the criminal justice system.”
If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault, there are various ways you can report this.
You can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, or you can report directly through our 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.