Child rapist gets 21 years for 'campaign of serious sexual offending'

Paul Clutton Credit: BPM Media

A child rapist who committed a "campaign of serious sexual offending" against a female victim has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Paul Clutton, who is 60-years-old, had denied the offences which took place during the 1990s, but was found guilty following a trial.During the sentencing hearing, a statement from Clutton's victim - who was a child at the time of the offences - was read out.

She said that, as a result of the trauma she suffered, she had self-harmed for mostof her life and 'attempted suicide more times than I want to admit'.She said: "I have struggled deeply to maintain any type of relationship with a man. I have lived with unbearable pain. I've almost felt like I was on the run."

Paul Clutton Credit: BPM Media

Clutton, of London Road, Trent Vale, was found guilty of three charges of rape and three charges of indecent assault.The court heard he had 10 previous convictions but none for sexual offences.Kelly Cyples, mitigating, said: "This is the first custodial sentence for the defendant and the first offence of this nature."

Clutton showed no emotion as he was sentenced to 21 years in custody.Judge Sally Hancox told him: "You committed these offences in a campaign of serious sexual offending against the victim."She thought for many years she was a 'bad egg'. She attempted suicide several times. Her victim personal statement contains commendably brave honesty."There has been no apology or remorse in this case. The only sentence that can be passed is a lengthy period in custody.

It must be a sentence which reflects your terrible wrongdoing."Clutton will be subject to the notification requirement of the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

A list of support services for victims of rape and sexual assault can be found here.Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.