Chelmsford child rapist jailed

Specialist officers have supported and secured justice for two children after the man who abused them was jailed.

Twenty-seven year-old Phillip Thorpe was arrested on December 2 last year after it had been reported to police that he had sexually abused two children.

Officers from the Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) supported the victims and built a case against Thorpe.

On March 30 at Chelmsford Crown Court Thorpe, of Trent Road, Chelmsford, admitted three counts of rape.

At Chelmsford Crown Court on June 8 he was jailed for 11 years and given another year on licence.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Lorna Robinson, from CAIT, said: “Phillip Thorpe is a dangerous man who subjected two young and innocent children to horrible sexual abuse.

“He will now spend a significant time behind bars where he will not be able to endanger any more young people.

“I want to praise the courage of his victims in coming forward and speaking to the police regarding the vile behaviour they were subjected to by someone they thought they could trust.

“No sentence can ever undo the damage Thorpe has done, but I hope this result will help his victims to move forward with their lives.”

CAIT is one of a number of teams of specialist detectives which investigate sexual offences, support victims, and bring offenders to justice.
If you have any concerns relating to this issue or want to report an offence you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mick Ferris

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