A MAN has been jailed for 17 years for “perverse and disgusting behaviour” towards a girl aged just seven.
Paul David Cartwright (36), of Hawthorne Avenue in Rawmarsh, was jailed last Thursday for five counts of rape against a child under 13.
Cartwright, who is originally from Mexborough, committed the offences at properties around South Yorkshire.
Det Con Rich Dickinson said: “Cartwright hasn’t shown an ounce of remorse for his sickening offending, making his victim endure the harrowing ordeal of a trial and having to relive his abhorrent actions against her.
“I am pleased he has been found guilty for his perverse and disgusting behaviour and that he is now behind bars where he belongs.”
He added: “The victim has shown immense courage reporting his vile and despicable crimes, even more so by providing evidence at the trial, which is truly a testament to her bravery and I cannot praise her highly enough.
“I can only hope the result provides the victim with the knowledge that justice has been served.
“I would encourage anyone who is a victim of a sexual offence to always report it the police as we will do all we can to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”
If you have concerns about a young person contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or the new national helpline Say Something on 116 000.