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Rochdale rapist who used drugs to groom teenage victim jailed

Shaun Freeman Image copyright GMP
Image caption Freeman began making sexual advances towards his victim when she was 15, police said

A man who used drugs to groom a 14-year-old girl before later raping and sexually abusing her has been jailed.

Shaun Freeman first made sexual advances to his victim when she was 15 and went on to attack her several times across a number of years.

Police said he also attacked the girl with a hammer after accusing her of being with another man.

The 56-year-old, of Great Haworth, Rochdale, was sentenced to 13 years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Freeman, who had denied all charges, was found guilty of four counts of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of assault and one count of supplying Class A drugs. One count of supplying Class B drugs will lie on file.

Greater Manchester Police said the girl was "often kept in his bedroom" suffering the effects of drugs.

A spokesman added that she had reported the abuse to police in 2014 after "managing to get away from Freeman".

Speaking after sentencing, Det Con Hayley Thornley said Freeman had "ruined the victim's childhood".

"Being groomed from such a young age has caused significant emotional trauma", she said.

Freeman was also given a sexual harm prevention order and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

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