Paedophile who was freed from prison early after raping a child only to then carry out sick sex attacks on a girl, four, is jailed for life
- David Stevenson, 53, was jailed for nine years in 2006 for raping a child
- After being freed in 2011 he repeatedly sexually assaulted a four year-old girl
- The paedophile even told the court that the child had made up her evidence
- A woman was convicted of aiding and abetting Stevenson and jailed for 11 years
- Both will have their names on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely
- Judge Davies described the offences as ‘sordid, perverse, and corrupt’
A rapist paedophile has been jailed for life for repeatedly abusing a four-year-old girl soon after he was released from prison for attacking another child.
David Stevenson, 53, was jailed for nine years back in 2006, for three rapes and an indecent assault on a ‘vulnerable’ girl aged under 16.
But Carlisle Crown Court heard after being freed in 2011 he started to hunt for fresh child victims – and repeatedly sexually assaulted a four year-old girl.
On Friday, Stevenson, of Carlisle, Cumbria, was convicted of three counts of sexually assaulting the young girl and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
A woman – who cannot be named – was convicted of aiding and abetting Stevenson and jailed for 11 years.
David Stevenson, 53, from Carlisle, Cumbria, was jailed for nine years in 2006, for raping a ‘vulnerable’ girl and after his release in 2011, he preyed on a four-year-old girl
Disgusted Judge Peter Davies also revealed that in the mid-1990s, Stevenson had also groomed a 13-year-old girl – before repeatedly having sex with her.
Jailing him for life, Judge Davies described Stevenson’s latest offences as ‘sordid, perverse, and corrupt’.
He said: ‘When she described what happened to her, the jury were visibly moved.
‘There is no way that a four-year-old girl could manufacture that evidence, as you have claimed in your pre-sentence report.
‘I am satisfied that you found a young girl who was defenceless.’
As a result of the abuse, the victim – described as ‘charming and sweet’ – had exhibited sexualised behaviour but those now caring for her were working hard to undo the damage.
Jailing him for life, Judge Davies described Stevenson’s latest offences as ‘sordid, perverse, and corrupt’ at the case at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday
Judge Davies imposed a life sentence, stressing that Stevenson must serve at least eight years before he can be considered for release.
Prosecutor Tim Evans said that at times other men were involved in the abuse – but there was insufficient evidence to take them to court.
Mr Evans described how, when asked about how often she was abused, the girl said: ‘Loads and loads.’
Gerard Doran, counsel for Stevenson, suggested that serious though the latest abuse was it was not serious enough to warrant a life sentence.
Mark Shepherd, barrister for the woman, said the turning point in her life was when she suffered a close personal bereavement.
But she did not accept that she had done wrong, said Mr Shepherd.
‘She was extremely emotional during her interview,’ he said.
Both Stevenson and the woman will have their names on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.
Judge Davies also commended the work of investigator officers, detective constables Mark Singleton and Lindsey Priestley.
Outside court, DC Priestley said: ‘The risk to this child was identified by Children’s Services who deserve recognition for this.
‘What the victim has gone through is one of the most harrowing cases I have ever come across.
‘Stevenson is a cruel predator who abused the victim and told them it was part of a game.’
Isla Chilton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘Stevenson preyed on a vulnerable young child who he manipulated into thinking the abuse was part of an innocent game.
‘We worked closely with the police from the outset to strengthen the evidence against Stevenson.
‘We applied for bad character evidence to be presented to the jury during the trial which showed how Stevenson had a previous conviction for sexually abusing a teenage girl.’
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said the perpetrators have been ‘brought to justice’.
The NSPCC added: ‘Stevenson is clearly a danger to children and his sentence should reflect the seriousness of his crimes.
‘It’s important that treatment forms a part of that sentence, so he no longer poses a risk to children when he is released.
‘Stevenson’s victim’s incredible courage in speaking out about her ordeal has ensured he has been brought to justice.’