A TEENAGER who raped a 12-year-old girl and sent her sexually inappropriate messages has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Charlie Flinders (18), of South Street, Rotherham, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, at Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday).
Flinders pleaded guilty last December to raping the 12-year-old in Rotherham when he was 16.
Evidence of Flinders’ sexual contact with his victim via text messages were revealed during the police investigation.
Det Sgt Gareth Gent said: “Flinders sent sexually inappropriate messages to a child, knowing she was underage and that his actions were against the law.
“Our enquiries uncovered evidence of Flinders being in sexual communication with his victim around the time of the crime.
“This culminated in the rape of a child and this sentencing means he will now receive the appropriate monitoring and rehabilitation. Should he re-offend, he faces going to prison.
“His criminal behaviour has undoubtedly contributed to the impact on his victim’s life.
“Child sexual abuse can have a devastating effect on its victims and I hope that this young girl is now able to move forwards in her recovery with the knowledge that her abuser has been brought to justice.”
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