Today (Thursday 17 February) a vile predator has been sentenced to 9 years behind bars after being charged with the sexual assault and rape of a child.
Shane Jessop, aged 49 of Edgecumbe Street, Hull appeared at Hull Crown Court today (Thursday 17 February) for sentencing after pleading guilty to the offences.
The court heard how before his first court appearance, Jessop encouraged a third party to offer his victim monies in a bid to evade jail time and in hope they would withdraw their account of the incidents.
They were told how Jessop took advantage of his victim, preying on their vulnerable nature for his own sexual gain.
Police Constable Rebecca Booth leading the investigation said: “The courage and bravery that this victim has shown throughout the entirety of this investigation has been phenomenal. Despite being a child, their sheer bravery in coming forward and reporting this offence has been key in obtaining this positive outcome.
“I know that does not take away the hurt he has caused, but I hope the outcome at court today will provide them with some closure in knowing that nobody else can come to harm at the hands of this perverted predator.
“I would like to provide reassurance to anyone who may have suffered sexual abuse, if you come to us we will listen to and support you and act against those responsible.
“It is never the victim’s fault, and I would strongly appeal for any child who believes they are being manipulated into doing something they don’t want to, to speak with an adult or friend and report it to us.
“We work in partnership with the local authority and a number of local charities and agencies to ensure victims of this type of crime are offered advice and support whether they decide to pursue through the justice system or not.
“If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, there are various ways you can report it to the police. You can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, or you can report directly through our 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.
“You will be listened to, we will work with you and we will continue to take action against offenders.”
Call 101 to report and incident, or 999 in an emergency.