Sicko lured girl, 11, to windmill before raping her and cycling away

A man who raped an 11-year-old girl in an abandoned windmill has been jailed for seven years.

Twisted James Connell Loveman, 23, attacked the girl in the Old Windmill near Easton on the Isle of Portland, Dorset in August last year.

He was convicted of charges of rape and assault by penetration yesterday following a trial in September.

Loveman had previously admitted an offence of sexual assault of a female aged under 13.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that the victim, who was 11 at the time, had spent the evening walking around the island, 6 miles south of Weymouth, with her 14-year-old friend.

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At around 1.30am on Saturday 31 August they met a man who was sitting on a bicycle, and walked with him to an old windmill where they chatted for a time before the victim’s friend went outside.

Dorset Live reports that once he was alone with the victim, Loveman sexually assaulted her and then raped her before riding off on his bike.

Following an investigation by Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), Loveman’s DNA was found to be a match of a profile obtained from the victim’s clothing and he was arrested on Saturday 7 September 2019.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of MCIT, said: “This was a horrific sexual attack of a young victim and I would like to praise the girl involved for the courage she displayed in coming forward and supporting the investigation and trial process.

“I want to thank her and all those involved in the investigation for their assistance in helping to bring James Loveman to justice for his horrific crimes.

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“I hope this case demonstrates that we will support victims who report sexual offences and do all we can to identify the culprits and hold them accountable for their actions.”

The victim said that the incident had terrified her, but she was compelled to speak out so that he would never be able to do the same thing to someone else.

She added that she had been hurt by comments made, including online, which implied that she or her family were in some way at fault for what happened or that she had lied.

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