Kirklees man given 18-year-sentence after pleading guilty to child rape at Leeds Crown Court

A man has been handed an 18-year-sentence after pleading guilty to raping a child.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 10:11 am

Kevin Blackburn, 71, from Liversedge, was sentenced to 13 years in prison with an extended five years on licence at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, February 16.

He had pleaded guilty to raping a child under the age of 13 and four counts of the sexual assault of a child aged under 13 at a previous hearing.

He also pleaded guilty to one offence of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Kevin Blackburn, 71, from Liversedge, was jailed for raping a child under the age of 13. Photo: West Yorkshire Police.

The offences took place between 2012 and 2016 in the Kirklees area and were reported to police in January 2020.

Blackburn was arrested shortly afterwards.

Blackburn will be placed on the sexual offenders register for life.

He is also the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

DC Yvonne Brear of the Kirklees District Child Safeguarding Unit said: “Kevin Blackburn has committed some truly appalling offences and we welcome the substantial custodial sentence imposed on him.

“During his sentencing the court found that he poses a substantial risk to young girls and this was reflected in the extended sentence which was given.

“I want to praise the female victim who came forwards in this case and whose bravery has resulted in us identifying and, with the CPS, being able to prosecute a very dangerous man.

“We can promise victims that their needs will always be put at the heart of every investigation and that we will thoroughly investigate every report made to us.”