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Ten years for man who groomed and raped teenage girl.

Byline: Ben Eccleston Crime Reporter ben.eccleston@trinitymirror.com

A MAN who raped a vulnerable teenager and left her in hospital with mental health problems has been jailed for a decade.

Peter Christopher Reynolds admitted travelling from Yorkshire to Rugby to meet the 15-yearold after grooming her online.

The 50-year-old had spent a month chatting to her through social media before the attack in Rugby on June 10, 2014.

He pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault of a child under 16 and also admitted charges of making indecent images and grooming.

Reynolds, who address was given at Warwick Crown Court on Friday as Westway, London, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He was also sentenced to a further five years for four counts of making and distributing indecent images, and four years for one count of meeting after grooming online, to run concurrently.

Reynolds was also placed on the sex offenders' register for life and given a sexual harm prevention order.

Reynolds was 49 at the time of the attack and travelled to Rugby from his then home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

The matter was not reported to police until later that year as the girl had suffered significant harm to her mental health and was hospitalised as a consequence of Reynolds' actions.

An investigation was launched and Reynolds was eventually identified as the attacker.

He had moved home on several occasions during that time, including having had two addresses in Harrogate, two in Scotland and eventually one in Eagles Cliffe, Stockton-On-Tees, where he was arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police.

Speaking after sentencing, Det Con Andy Holloway said: "The result reflects the serious nature of the offences and provided some closure for the victim.

"She very bravely stood in the court and faced Reynolds whilst she read out her victim personal statement.

"This must have been incredibly difficult given the impact his actions had on her wellbeing. Her courage throughout in bringing him to justice has been remarkable."

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