A child sex offender has been jailed for two decades after being found guilty by a jury.
Carl Smith, 36, of no fixed abode, inflicted a campaign of physical and emotional abuse on the survivor. It happened in South Staffordshire.
He was arrested in July 2022 after offences were reported to us. He continued to deny the offences and was brought before a jury in September (2023).
Following a four-day trial, the jury found Smith guilty on a number of offences, including:
Two counts of rape a girl
Six counts of sexual assault a girl
He was jailed for a total of 20 years at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (10 November). Smith was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and a restraining order against the survivor.
Detective Sergeant Claire Mace, who dealt with the case, said: “The survivor in this case has shown immense bravery to come forward and report what happened. I can only hope the outcome of this investigation has given her some form of closure following the abuse she suffered at the hands of Smith.
“We are committed to pursuing perpetrators of violence, abuse and intimidation against women and girls. Work is continuing around preventing offending and protecting those affected by it, changing behaviours and taking robust action against perpetrators.
“We want victims to know that they are our priority. Teams of specialist officers are here to speak to you in confidence, put a stop to those responsible and support you as much as possible.”
If you’re a victim of sexual assault, get in touch with us by calling 101.
If you prefer to report anonymously, you call also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.