A convicted rapist from Carlisle has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl.
David Stevenson, of Compton street, will serve a minimum of eight years for the assaults which happened in 2014.
53-year-old Stevenson, who had been convicted of raping a teenager in 2006, previously denied the three counts of sexually assaulting a child.
He was found guilty by the jury on Monday 12th June at Carlisle Crown Court.
A woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was jailed for 11 years for aiding and abetting the sexual assault of a child.
A Cumbria Police Constable says the victim showed great courage, even though Stevenson showed “a total lack of remorse” for his actions and their impact on the victim, throughout the investigation.
Firstly I would like to praise the victim in this case for showing great courage in talking to detectives.
What the victim has gone through is one of the most harrowing cases I and my fellow investigator, DC Mark Singleton, have ever come across.
Stevenson is a cruel predator who abused the victim and told them it was part of a game. Cumbria is a safer place for people like him being taken out of society.
I would like to reiterate our commitment to investigating thoroughly any reports of sexual offence – whether recent or non-recent. I would urge anyone listening who has been subject to offences of this nature to come forward. You will be listened to.”
– DETECTIVE CONSTABLE LINDSEY PRIESTLEY, NORTH CUMBRIA PUBLIC PROTECTION UNIT,
The Crown Prosecution Service say Stevenson “preyed” on the young girl.
David Stevenson preyed on a vulnerable young child who he manipulated into thinking that the abuse was part of an innocent game.
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. When he abused the young victim in this case, he breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order he had been given following that conviction eleven years ago.
We also supported the victim in every way possible including organising an intermediary to assist during the trial to get the best possible evidence from them, which has resulted in Stevenson being brought to justice for these offences.”
– ISLA CHILTON, CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says the perpetrators have been “brought to justice”.
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 that both he – and the unnamed defendant who aided and abetted sexual assault – have been brought to justice.
– NSPCC SPOKESPERSON
Adults with concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
Anyone affected by rape or sexual assault can also contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.
To report a crime or speak to a Cumbria Police officer, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.