May 2010

Child rapist sentenced to 12 years

A 44-YEAR-OLD man who filmed himself raping and sexually assaulting a child before sharing indecent images of the victim online has been jailed for 12 years.

Michael Penford, of Edgeworth Drive, Carterton, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday after earlier admitting three counts of raping a child under 13 and five sexual assaults on the same victim. He also admitted five counts of making indecent images of children, one count of taking indecent photographs of a child and one of distributing indecent photographs of a child.

All the offences took place between August 2009 and February this year.

Matthew Walsh, prosecuting, said the victim confided with the mother and a school teacher before police raided Penford’s home and found indecent images of children and indecent movies.

Lucy Tapper, defending, said Penford knew he had “destroyed his own life.”

Judge Christopher Compston, said Penford was “riddled with suicidal thoughts”, adding: “I’ve seen some of the minor images; they are horrific and depraved.”