Man jailed for multiple child sex offences in Lincolnshire

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A 39-year-old man has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of seven counts of sexual activity with a child.

Stephen Anthony Lock, from Leicester, carried out the offences between November 2011 and May 2012 at an address in Lincolnshire and at his home.

The victim was 14-years-old at the time.

Lock was found guilty after a five-day trial at Lincoln Crown Court of seven counts of sexual activity with a child, and found not guilty of one count of rape.

In addition to his eight year prison sentence, Lock will be on the sex offenders register for life and subject to a strict sex offenders prevention order (SOPO).

DC Kirsty Longmuir, who was the senior investigating officer in the case, said: “When sentencing Lock Judge John Pini QC said he had clearly groomed the young victim and had shown no remorse for his actions.

“Lock even claimed in evidence that the young girl was lying. He is the worst kind of sexual offender who not only subjected his victim to horrific offences but then tried to cover them up with lies, putting her and her family through the most unimaginable anguish.

“I am incredibly pleased with the jury’s verdicts and the judge’s sentence but there really are no winners in this case.

“For the young girl and her family this has been a terrible time and they now have to start trying to rebuild their lives.

“I want to commend the courage of the victim in this case, without her evidence and bravery we would never be able to take this dangerous offender off the streets and make sure he can’t repeat these offences.

“Without the whole family’s patience, cooperation, and support of the prosecution we would never have been able to get this conviction. We are incredibly grateful to them.”