An Appleby man described by police as a "vile predator" has been given a 16-year prison sentence for the rape and repeated historical sexual abuse of a child in the south of England.
John Wheeler, 41, of Doomgate, was charged at Maidstone Crown Court with 10 sexual offences against a child and possessing and making indecent images of children.
A jury found him guilty of eight of the charges, including one count of rape, after a trial.
Speaking after the case, Det Con Fleur Hardie of Kent Police said: ‘Wheeler is a vile predator who continued to deny that he had repeatedly abused a child even though there was considerable evidence to the contrary."
These awful offences may have stretched back for a long period of time and we may never know exactly how long this abuse went on for."