A man was sentenced to 20 yearsâ€™ imprisonment on Thursday (11/9), after being convicted of child sex offences at Reading Crown Court.
James Philips, aged 32, of Springfield Drive in Wiltshire, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict at Reading Crown Court on 14 August of seven charges.
He was found guilty of three counts of inciting a girl under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency which related to victims aged eight to nine and eleven; two counts of rape of a female under 16; one count of sexual assault of a girl under 13 when the victim was aged between four and six; and one count of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity when the victim was aged seven to ten.
The offences happened in Reading between 1997 and 2011 and relate to two victims.
Philips was sentenced to 15 years in prison for each count of rape , to Â run concurrently, and five years in prison for the other counts, to be served consecutively.
Philips was charged on 27 January this year.
On 14 August he was found not guilty of a further three charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 years, which related to another victim.
Det Con Lisa Flitter, from Milton Keynes CID, said: â€œThis was an historic case which happened in the Reading area and although the offences date back to 1997, this sentence shows that Philips has not been able to escape justice.
â€œThe victims have shown great courage in coming forward to tell police about the horrific acts that Philips carried out, and I am pleased that he has today received a strong punishment. I hope that the knowledge that Philips will be behind bars for a long time will help the victims to move on from their ordeal.â€