August 2019: Now living in Mill Lane, Blakedown

Man is jailed for rape of boy

A man who raped a schoolboy and left him suicidal has been jailed for six years at Worcester Crown Court.

John Cooper dramatically confessed during his trial because he could not bring himself to watch a video of the victim’s police interview.

The 44-year-old from East Street, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to three counts of raping the boy when he was aged 12 and 13 and three counts of gross indecency with a child.

Judge Andrew Geddes called Cooper a threat to society after hearing how in 1976 he was convicted of indecency with a girl aged six

He said the latest victim was “a vulnerable young boy” who had been left depressed, prone to self harm and contemplating suicide.

The judge ordered Cooper to register as a sex offender for life and extended his prison licence on release to three years.

He told the defendant: “You took advantage of this boy and subjected him to serious sexual abuse.”

Jonathan Gosling, prosecuting, said the boy was molested between August 1999 and August 2001. Touching, as if in play, led to oral sex and then rape.

The victim kept the attacks secret until October 2002 when he blurted them to an adult and a police investigation was launched.

Kidderminster magistrates gave Cooper three years’ probation for the attack on the girl when he was aged 17. No other crimes were on his record.