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Nurse carried out 'campaign of sexual abuse' against eight-year-old girl

Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:19 am

Despite confessing to being a paedophile, he suggested it was the girl who had initiated sexual contact


A psychology nurse's "wicked sexual characteristics" became a reality when he raped and sexually abused an eight-year-old girl.

Robert Dearden - who confesses to being a paedophile - has been judged to pose an ongoing danger to children after being jailed for 14 years for his "campaign of sexual abuse" against his young victim.

Dearden, 68, would create opportunities to be alone with the girl and would sexually assault her. On further occasions he showed her how to perform a sex act on herself, as well as on him.

After the girl told her mother what had happened, the police were contacted, prosecutor Graeme Simpson told Warwick Crown Court.

He said that Dearden, who passed himself off as a psychologist, made full admissions after being arrested – but, despite confessing to being a paedophile, suggested it was the girl who had initiated sexual contact, added Mr Simpson.

Dearden, 68, of Bulkington Road, Coventry, pleaded guilty to charges of rape and sexually assault, as well as downloading indecent images of other children.

He was given an extended 14-year prison sentence and will have to serve at least two-thirds of that time before the Parole Board will even consider his release – and may not be freed until he has served the whole sentence.

Once he is released Dearden, who has to register as a sex offender for life, will remain on licence, and at risk of being recalled to prison, for the rest of the 14 years and for a further seven years.

Jailing Dearden, Judge Lockhart told him that "as a purported psychologist" knew the psychological harm he was doing, but had deflected attention away from the effects it was having on her.

“The damage to that child is beyond comprehension," said the judge. "You sought to cover things up as a psychologist. You carried out a campaign of sexual abuse, realising the harm which could be caused.”

Judge Lockhart said he accepted Dearden was now sorry for what he did, but told him: “I consider you present a serious and ongoing risk to children of causing them serious psychological harm, and I can see no end to that danger.”

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