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Nine years for rape of six-year old in Leeds foster home - Yorkshire Hub

Nine years for rape of six-year old in Leeds foster home

Aaron Abbott was 16 years old when he allegedly raped a 6-year old fellow foster child, but the Leeds Crown Court sentenced the now 23-year old to nine years behind bars for rape.

Abbott, 23, sentenced to nine years in jail for rape he committed when he was 16.

Abbott, 23, sentenced to nine years in jail for rape he committed when he was 16.

During the trial, it was heard that Abbot brutally abused the girl by blocking the door of the room in which he raped her with a wardrobe. The jury further heard that Abbott stuffed socks in the girl’s mouth to prevent her from screaming for help.

The incident, according to court records, was only reported a year later when the girl shared her ordeal with a classmate and later told the story to her teacher.

Abbott had threatened to the rape her again if she ever told anyone, the girl said. The girl and her tormentor were both in the care of foster parents at the time this occurred. Abbot now lives in Sawley Close, Eastmoor, Wakefield.

In sentencing Abbott to nine years in jail after the jury found him guilty, Judge Sally Cahill, QC, noted that the girl must have been very vulnerable when she was sexually abused and that she may have not have received care required of a girl her age and in her situation.

“I am perfectly satisfied from the evidence I have heard…that within that foster home she was isolated and was not being given the care that one would hope by the adults,” the judge said, turning to Abbott, “She was isolated and had no one to turn to when she was assaulted by you.”

Mitigating for Abbot, Matthew Harding contested that the offender was “only a child” at the time he committee the offence and that he never repeated the act after that.

However, the court heard that the girl, as a victim, was still struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and had consequently self harmed from the time she was sexually abused.

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