Paedophile, 35, is jailed for 23 years after string of ‘abhorrent’ rapes and sex attacks on a child

A vile paedophile who committed ‘abhorrent crimes’ against a child more than a decade ago has been jailed for 23 years.

Sean McConnell, 35, was convicted of nine counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape against a child in 2006.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the offences related to one child victim, who cannot be named, who came forward to report McConnell’s offending in 2017.

Sean McConnell, 35, (pictured) was jailed for 23 years at Bradford Crown Court after he was convicted of nine counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape against a child in 2006

Sean McConnell, 35, (pictured) was jailed for 23 years at Bradford Crown Court after he was convicted of nine counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape against a child in 2006

Sean McConnell, 35, (pictured) was jailed for 23 years at Bradford Crown Court after he was convicted of nine counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape against a child in 2006 

An investigation was launched by Calderdale specialist child abuse investigators and he was subsequently arrested and charged with 14 total offences.

The jury found him guilty of nine offences and he was sentenced to 23 years in jail on Feb 26.

He was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be added to the sex offenders register for life. He is also barred from working with children.

Detective Inspector Victoria Lawrance of Calderdale Safeguarding Unit said: ‘McConnell has been given a very lengthy sentence for his abhorrent crimes against a child.

‘We welcome the sentence that reflects the seriousness of his actions, which happened decades ago.

‘I would like to thank and praise the bravery of his victims who came forward and bravely sat through the trial giving evidence which has seen him convicted by a jury.

The offences related to one child victim who came forward to report McConnell's offending in 2017, Bradford Crown Court (pictured) heard

The offences related to one child victim who came forward to report McConnell's offending in 2017, Bradford Crown Court (pictured) heard

The offences related to one child victim who came forward to report McConnell’s offending in 2017, Bradford Crown Court (pictured) heard

‘We have supported the witnesses throughout the trial and I hope the sentence today can give them some closure and justice.

‘I would also like to recognise the dedication and tenacity of the colleagues involved in this investigation which highlights our commitment to supporting victims of sexual assaults no matter how long ago they happened.

‘I would encourage any victims of unreported sexual offences whether recent or non-recent to come forward and contact the police.

‘All reports are treated with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality. We will thoroughly investigate any reports and bring those responsible to justice.’

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