By Peter Makossah
A ‘devious and predatory’ scheming sex offender who repeatedly raped young girls has been jailed for 27 years in custody after pleading guilty to 12 counts of rape, one attempted rape, two of sexual assaults and two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court, this month, he was jailed for 324 months imprisonment and ordered to serve another 12 months on extended license and the court further directed him to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
He has also been added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
After repeatedly denying what he had done, Stocks later pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against him and he was jailed for
The Court heard Richard Stocks, 55, repeatedly assaulted young girls, instructing each of them to remain silent about what had happened.
His offending was finally exposed when one of the girls reported what had happened to her mother in July 2021 and Nottinghamshire Police were called, and after an investigation was launched, he was nabbed.
Detective Constable Kerry Stringfellow, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Stocks is a devious and predatory sex offender who repeatedly preyed on young children.
“The nature of his offending was utterly horrific and has unsurprisingly had a very significant impact on his victims.
“As Stocks prepares to spend much of the rest of his life in prison, my thoughts are very much with his victims today.
“But for their bravery in coming forward and telling us about what had happened, Stocks would have remained a danger to any children he came into contact with. Investigations of this type are difficult and upsetting to work on, but nothing is more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of children.”
Each of the girls provided compelling testimonies about Stocks’ behaviour and his distinctive physical characteristics and he was further exposed by damming medical evidence.
After repeatedly denying what he had done, Stocks later pleaded guilty to 12 counts of rape, one of attempted rape, two of sexual assault and two of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
“The nature of his offending was utterly horrific and has unsurprisingly had a very significant impact on his victims.”Detective Constable Kerry Stringfellow