Issued on 16/5/18 at 4:37 p.m.
A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
Paul Rodgers, of no fixed address, Leicestershire, denied the charge of rape, which was alleged to have happened on 25 June 2016 at an address in Leicestershire.
But following a trial, he was found guilty yesterday (15 May) of one count of rape and one count of assault by penetration.
Officer in the case, DC Kasie Carter, said: “The defendant took advantage of the victim, after she’d been out for the evening with friends.
“The victim has remained strong throughout the police investigation and the court process, and it’s due to her courage that’s lead to this conviction.
“She came forward and made the report very quickly, which enabled us to gain vital evidence, allowing us to carry out a thorough and detailed investigation.”
Rodgers has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Last year, Leicestershire Police launched its All Is Not Lost campaign, aiming to raise greater awareness of rape as a crime, to encourage those who have been a victim to report early and to retain evidence and to dispel myths and preconceptions around victims and perpetrators.
DC Carter added: “Specially trained officers are available to speak to victims of rape and offer specialist support and advice. Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault should be reassured that officers are here to help and will guide them through the whole process.”