Issued on 13/6/18 at 5:35 p.m.
A 49-year-old man has today (Wednesday) been found guilty of raping a young girl just weeks before her 13th birthday.
Gary Smith (known as Tommy), denied abusing his young victim but was found guilty following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
Smith, 49, of Imperial Avenue, Leicester, was found guilty of two counts of raping a child under 13.
Detective Constable Jim Muzzell, the investigating officer, said: “This was a horrific ordeal that took place when the victim was just 12 years old.
“Smith took advantage of her and manipulated situations where he knew they would be alone to try and ensure that he wouldn’t be caught.
“He also encouraged her to send indecent images and bought his victim presents in a bid to stop her from telling anyone about the abuse she’d been suffering.”
Smith will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 4 July.
Leicestershire Police works alongside a number of partner agencies to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).
If you think you are a victim of CSE, or know someone who may be a victim of CSE, advice and information on who to speak to can be found by visiting https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/child-sexual-exploitation