Child rapist is locked up for 'abhorrent' crimes

Published date06 March 2021
Sean McConnell, 35, was convicted of nine counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape on February 12.

On February 26 at Bradford Crown Court he was sentenced to 23 years in jail.

He was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be added to the sex offenders register for life. He is also barred from working with children.

The offences relate to one child victim, which date back to the mid- 2000s. The victim came forward to report McConnell's offending in 2017. An investigation was launched by Calderdale specialist Child abuse investigators and he was subsequently arrested and charged with 14 offences.

The jury found McConnell not guilty of five counts but guilty of nine offences.

Detective Inspector Victoria Lawrance of Calderdale Safeguarding Unit said: "McConnell has been given a very lengthy sentence for his abhorrent crimes against a child.

"I would like to thank and praise the bravery of his victim who came forward and bravely sat through the...

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