Stephen Pearson, 50, carried out a ‘sustained campaign’ of child rape and abuse against three victims he targeted in Warwick between 1992 and 2005
A ‘dangerous’ paedophile who abused girls as young as six and ‘went for the record’ when he raped a girl 15 times in 24 hours has been jailed for 21 years.
Stephen Pearson, 50, carried out a ‘sustained campaign’ of child rape and abuse against three victims he targeted in Warwick between 1992 and 2005.
One victim was just six years old when he began raping her.
The court heard Pearson told police ‘compound lies’ when he denied allegations against him.
But Pearson, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was jailed at Warwick Crown Court on April 12 after being found guilty of 11 out of 13 rape charges as well as eight other sexual offences.
Pearson was married by the time of the attacks, but took a six-year-old girl back to his home where he abused and raped her, both in the house and in a garden shed which locked from the inside.
During the first incident he invited the girl in to his home and gave her a drink of squash which he deliberately spilled on her.
He told her to take off her clothes and put on a t-shirt he had put ready for her, and then raped her.
Pearson’s sexual abuse of her continued over a number of years and the court heard on one occasion he ‘went for the record’ by raping her 15 times in a single day.
The court heard in 2017 she walked into Leamington Spa police station carrying a sheaf of notes about her childhood ordeal which prompted Pearson’s arrest.
Officers then traced his first victim and another woman who revealed she had also been repeatedly sexually abused and raped by Pearson in the early 2000s at the age of 15.
Pearson started chatting to a 14-year-old girl when he was driving around Warwick.
Pearson, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was jailed at Warwick Crown Court on April 12 after being found guilty of 11 out of 13 rape charges as well as eight other sexual offences (file image)
The court heard that even though she told him her age, 23-year-old Pearson was keen to meet her again, and began picking her up from school in his red Ford Capri and driving her around.
He took her to Burton Dassett Hills, Warks., to introduce her to some of his friends.
Then one evening he began to kiss her, with his ‘tongue down her throat’ and began to squeeze her breasts.
He later took her to his home where he groped her and simulated intercourse, and on later occasions he carried out similar acts.
During sentencing Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: ‘You have made a misery of the lives of three young women.
‘I begin with the youngest who you systematically groomed and abused.
‘She says every day is a constant battle. She is re-living every day what you did to her, and every night goes to bed and thinks ‘might it be better if I don’t wake up?’
‘She finds it so bad being intimate that she covers her face as she did when you raped her, and she still suffers nightmares.
‘She says she constantly worries you may be abusing other children, which is why she came forward.’
Of another of the victims, the judge said: ‘You groomed her for sexual conduct, you, a man nearly twice her age. Her distress is clear now, nearly 30 years after the events.’
In relation to the first rape of the youngest girl, Judge Lockhart commented: ‘One can only shrink back from the horror that one event would cause – but you went on across years.
‘You left the life of this young child in ruins. Arrested and interviewed, you did not admit matters, but told compound lies, as you continued to do during this trial.
‘This was a very long and sustained campaign of child rape, and there was degradation and humiliation, and there was a significant degree of planning.
‘I find you have conducted a ten-year campaign of rape against three young girls… and there is the chilling element of the administration of a toxic substance in one case.
‘I am sure you are dangerous, and the danger is of you committing further offences of child rape.’
Pearson denied the offences when he was arrested, and when he was questioned in court, he arrogantly replied: ‘It’s easy to say things, but they didn’t happen.’
Following the verdicts, Graeme Simpson, defending, said: ‘I have no personal mitigation to put forward.’
After jailing Pearson, Judge Lockhart turned to the three women and told them: ‘Your ordeal has been a long one. None of us could begin to imagine how this all felt.
‘The hope of the court and all of us involved in this case is that your lives, so long darkened by this, will henceforth see a glimmer of light, and that in due course you will emerge from the darkness.’
He commended the officers in the case, and said: ‘It is an investigation which has been conducted with vigour, but also with sensitivity.
‘The people of Warwickshire can be proud of the officers who brought this dangerous man to justice.’
He was jailed for 21 years, with an extended seven-year period on licence and will have to register as a sex offender for life.