Paedophile from Hull jailed for "campaign of rapes" on vulnerable boy he groomed online

Kevin Smith, 35, of Stornway Square in Hull pleaded guilty to seven counts of rape

A peadophile from Hull has been jailed for a "campaign of rapes" on a vulnerable boy after grooming him on social media.

Kevin Smith, 35, of Stornway Square in Hull, sent highly sexualised messages to his victim and later encouraged him to delete them in efforts to cover his tracks.

Hull Crown Court heard the boy was left "devastated and distressed" by what happened.

Smith was also found with 13 indecent images of children on a computer drive and two on a phone.

He admitted seven counts of rape of a child under 13 and two counts of making indecent images of children, between March 2019 and March 2020. He was jailed for 12 years.

The judge, Recorder Peter Makepeace KC said the abuse had a "pernicious, corrosive and exploitative" effect on the boy, who became "corrupted" because of Smith's behaviour.

Det Sgt Kevin Fenwick-Denton, who led the investigation, praised the bravery of the victim and their family throughout the legal process.

He said: "I hope the outcome will provide them with some comfort in knowing that, by having the courage and strength to come forward, they have undoubtedly prevented others from sufferings at the hands of this sexual deviant.

"I would like to provide reassurance to anyone who may have suffered sexual abuse to come forward. We will listen to you and support you.

"I would strongly appeal for anybody who believes they are being manipulated into doing something they don’t want to, to speak with an adult or friend and report it to us."

Humberside Police said anyone who thinks they have been a victim of sexual assault or rape should call 101 or 999 in an emergency.