Paedophile jailed for 22 years for raping nine-year-old girl

Peter Hayden has been jailed for 22 years

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A paedophile who raped a nine-year-old girl before taking explicit pictures of her has been jailed for 22 years.

Peter Hayden sexually assaulted the girl on his sofa after searching for “jailbait” pictures online.

The 55-year-old had denied a string of charges, but was found guilty of rape and making indecent images of children after a trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Judge Peter Cooke said Hayden had a “total lack of regard” for the victim and posed an “ongoing high risk of serious harm to children".

“You are embarking on spending many of your senior years, after indulging in vile abuse for your own sexual pleasure, in prison,” he said.

“You could have pleaded guilty, but you preferred to put her [the victim] through the ordeal of a trial.”

The court heard that Hayden knew the girl’s mother, and first abused the nine-year-old as she watched TV at his home.

He showed her pornography on his laptop before sexually assaulting her and raping her.

Hayden was finally caught when the victim wrote a note to her mother to tell her what he had done.

When police raided his Coventry home, they found 635 indecent images of children on his computer, that he had collected by searching online for “jailbait”.

During the hearing the girl told the court she “felt dirty and disgusting”.

“I took an overdose before the case came to court because of how I was feeling," she said.

He mother said she will “never forgive him for what he’s done.”

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