Man who raped child is jailed

Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing of Stuart Tomlinson for the rape of a child, making indecent images and voyeurism.

Tomlinson, 56, of Wakefield Drive, Leasowe admitted 12 charges:

– One count of rape of a child under 13
– Five counts of voyeurism
– Two counts of making indecent photographs of children
– Three counts of possessing indecent images of a child
– One count of possessing extreme pornography

He was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court for the offences, which took place when Tomlinson lived in Liverpool.

In a victim impact statement, read out to the court, the father of the girl who was raped said: “[Our daughter] is more precious to us than life itself. Our whole world was destroyed when the police came to see us to tell us that [our daughter] may have been the victim of a serious sexual assault. My wife and I started to cry as they told us some of what had happened. We were so frightened and upset about what we were being told. It was just too horrible to think about.

“When I think about everything I feel my chest tightening and I can’t stop myself crying. My wife cries a lot also.

“I want to understand what sort of a man could rape a little child, what sort of a man could take the innocence of a child, what is in the mind of this man, what sort of a man is without compassion?

“This is not a man to me. He can’t be human, he is without any doubt evil. I don’t know if I can ever get over what has happened and I pray to God every day that [our daughter] can’t remember anything about what has happened to her.

“I now know we just have to try and rebuild our lives and the best we can do for our daughter is just love her more, if that’s possible, to make her forget and hopefully never have a memory of this terrible, sickening and unforgivable thing. Our faith in people has been damaged forever.”

Detective Constable Steve Duke said: “We welcome today’s sentence. Stuart Tomlinson is a determined sexual predator who raped a very young child, violated the privacy of others by taking images without their knowledge and downloaded indecent images of children of the worst kind. I am sure people will be horrified by the seriousness of his crimes.

“The family of Tomlinson’s victim has shown incredible bravery. Learning of his crimes has brought them unimaginable pain and I hope today’s result has released a huge weight from their shoulders.

“Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a terrible crime which can affect any family, anywhere. We are, however, determined to play our part in tackling the problem. We have helped launch ‘Listen To My Story’, a campaign and website raising awareness of CSE among young people, parents, grandparents – every single one of us.

“It helps victims find the right kind of support and advice if they have suffered abuse and has a lot of information for young people to help them if they think they are being exploited, or if they are worried one of their friends may be.

“Merseyside Police takes every report of sexual offences extremely seriously and has dedicated officers within the force’s Unity Team who are specially trained to both thoroughly investigate allegations and make sure that those reporting them are properly supported.

“This was a very thorough investigation by officers and I would like to thank all of those officers and the Crown Prosecution Service who have worked so hard to bring this man to justice.

“Many of the offences were identified after the seizure of electronic equipment from Tomlinson’s house. I would like to send a clear message to those who feel that they can hide behind modern technology, we will find you and working with partner agencies we will put you before the courts.”

People can call officers in the force’s specialist Unity team on 0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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