13 years in jail for Peterborough man who raped four-year-old child

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A Peterborough man was jailed on Tuesday (7 January) for 13 years after admitting filming himself raping a four-year-old child, and distributing the video on the internet.

Brett Deane abused the young girl over a period of 16 months, taking dozens of pictures as well as the sickening 52-second film of the rape on his mobile phone.

Brett Deane

Brett Deane

The 28-year-old, from Welland Road, Peterborough, even bragged to fellow paedophiles online about the abuse.

He was jailed for 13 years at Peterborough Crown Court after pleading guilty to 10 separate child sex offences. He told the court he had raped the girl about 10 times.

Deane was arrested at his home following an investigation by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), after a tip-off from police in Australia, who uncovered images that Deane was sharing. Deane was tracked down using his email address.

Charles Myatt, prosecuting, said when police seized his mobile phone, they found hundreds of indecent images of children stored on it, with more than 100 taken by Deane of his four-year-old victim.

Other images not taken by Deane but stored on the phone showed abuse being carried out on a child younger than two-years-old.

Deane stared at the floor throughout the sentencing hearing, and was visibly shaking as the distressing facts were read to the court.

Defending, Claire Matthews said: “Nothing I say is intended to detract from the deplorable conduct to which he has pleaded guilty.

“He pleaded guilty on the first opportunity, which prevented his victim from having to be interviewed. He is filled with remorse, and is utterly bewildered by his own actions.”

Judge Nic Madge, sentencing, said: “The victim will have had emotional and physical trauma caused. Your behaviour is bound to affect how she forms relationships in the future.”

Afterwards, Detective Inspector Amerjit Singh welcomed the sentence and said: “The victim is a child, the most innocent of victims out there and Brett Deane committed deplorable acts against her.”

Detective Constable Samantha Jackson added: “I hope the victim can have a fresh start and be able to start her childhood again.”

Factfile: Guilty pleas to 10 offences

Brett Deane entered his guilty pleas to all counts in October. He pleaded guilty to the rape of a child, relating to the incident he filmed, another count of rape, relating to the unknown number of incidents he admitted to, and four counts of sexual assault.

He was given a 10 year sentence for the first count, a 12 year sentence for the second count, and eight years for each sexual assault, to be served concurrently.

He also admitted possessing, distributing, taking and making indecent images of children. He was given a one year sentence for each, concurrently of each other but consecutively to the assault charges.

Video: Watch a statement from Detective Inspector Amerjit Singh