Lincoln paedophile convicted of historic sexual offences with underage girl

A Lincoln paedophile has been jailed for 22 months after being found guilty of several historic offences, some of which involved a child.

Stephen Skepper, 61, and of Sleaford Road in Bracebridge Heath, was convicted of historic offences dating back to the early 1990s of gross indecency with a child.

He was also found guilty of possession of a number of illegal images, and possession of a prohibited image.

An investigation began once his offences were reported to police by the victim.

The images were similarly discovered following his arrest in 2012.

In addition to the prison sentence, the judge imposed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order on Skepper at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday, April 19.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

DC Jo Bussoopun, who led the investigation, said: “Skepper has shown no remorse for his crimes. His actions have caused a great deal of distress to his victim.

“He has put her through the emotional turmoil of a trial when he could have saved her that additional trauma by admitting his offending in the early stages of this investigation.

“I’m pleased with the sentence today and hope, more than anything, that it may have helped offer his victim some closure. I have to commend her bravery in reporting this to us in the first place and seeing this through.

“We work hard to tackle offences like this and I would encourage anyone who has experienced anything similar to this to contact us as soon as possible. We are committed to taking dangerous offenders off the streets of Lincolnshire.”