A man from Bolton has been jailed for raping a six-year-old girl.
Garry Paul Reader (born 09/04/1983) of Market Street, Little Lever, was found guilty of rape of a female under the age of 13 years at Bolton Crown Court on Wednesday 22nd October 2014.
Today, Wednesday 19th November 2014, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
The court heard how that sometime between May 2012 and May 2013, Reader was left alone with the victim and her three siblings at an address in Bolton.
Reader was lying in bed upstairs when he called the victim into the bedroom and she climbed into bed with him.
He asked her whether her brother was downstairs, then told her: ‘Shhh, be quiet’, before raping her.
He then told the victim: “Don’t tell anyone, someone could be really mad at me and I could go to prison.”
The abuse only emerged weeks later, in August of 2013, when the victim told her friend and was persuaded to speak to her mother about the incident.
Detective Constable Kirsty Kaye said: “This is an appalling case, where the victim was not old enough to even comprehend the atrocity she was being subjected to.
“Reader has then used that classic tool of abusers and exploiters, fear, guilt-tripping the victim into keeping quiet.
“The victim and her family are being supported by specially trained officers, who we hope will assist them to come to terms with what has happened.
“This sentence goes some way to demonstrating that we will go to any length possible to punish those who target the innocent for their own gratification.”