October 2019

Dangerous paedophile who raped ‘very young girl’ jailed for 19 years for ‘horrific’ abuse

A “dangerous” paedophile has been jailed for 19 years after he was convicted of raping a “very young girl”.

Louis Cooper, 22, of Churchill Road, in Shepton Mallet, was given a 22-year sentence at Taunton Crown Court on Wednesday (October 9), consisting of 19 years of imprisonment and an additional three years as an extended licence period.

Cooper, who was otherwise known as Kodie Cooper, was found guilty of one count of rape of a child under 13, as well as a number of other sexual offences, including:

  • •attempted sexual communications with a child

    •attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity

    •making indecent photographs of children

Police said the victim was “a very young girl”.

A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said the imprisonment of Mr Cooper was necessary to protect others from harm.