Rape vic­tim’s brav­ery praised

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

The brav­ery of a vic­tim to come for­ward and re­port sex­ual abuse has led to a 12-year prison sen­tence for a man from Holling­bourne.

Adrian Hart, 51, will also serve an ad­di­tional three years on li­cence un­der the terms of an ex­tended sen­tence and will be put on the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Reg­is­ter for life.

Be­tween June and Au­gust 1999 Hart be­friended his vic­tim, who was of se­condary school age, and in­sti­gated a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship. Hart was 32 at the time. Seven years later he tried to make con­tact with his vic­tim again. In Septem­ber 2016 the vic­tim con­tacted po­lice and re­ported the abuse.

Hart, of Mus­ket Lane, pleaded guilty to five counts of rape of a child and two counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a child and was sen­tenced at Maid­stone Crown Court on Fri­day.

Det Con, Vic­to­ria Carter, said: “I hope Hart’s sen­tence is of some com­fort to the vic­tim and her fam­ily.”

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