In a landmark verdict, 57-year-old Sean Dooley from Shirley Manor Gardens, Wyke, Bradford, has been handed an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of heinous child sex offences.

Dooley faced charges including two counts of child rape, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of sexual assault of a child, and one count of assault by penetration of a child. The crimes were perpetrated against a single female victim over an appalling span of nearly a decade.

The sentencing took place at Bradford Crown Court on Monday, 26th February, where Dooley not only received an 18-year imprisonment term but was also subjected to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Detective Sergeant Hannah Andrews, of the Bradford Child Safeguarding Unit, said: “These were horrendous offences committed over a sustained period against a child victim.

“This abuse has robbed the victim of her childhood and understandably had a profound lasting impact into adulthood. She has shown immense courage coming forward to report these crimes to the police and I hope Dooley’s conviction and imprisonment brings her some comfort as she continues to move forward with her life.

“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence, whether recently or some time ago, to report it. We have specialist child and adult safeguarding units across the Force who investigate these kinds of offences and ensure that victims are offered the support they need.”