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Man jailed for up to 42 years for carrying out 24 sex attacks

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Man given a 42 year extended sentence, comprising 34 years imprisonment and extended licence of 8 years after carrying out more than 20 sex attacks.

A serial rapist has been jailed for life after being found guilty of 24 sex attacks and a common assault.

Stuart Hooper, 44, subjected two adults and two children to the attacks at various times over the last 20 years.

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They included 14 rapes, including four on a child under 13, five indecent assaults, three sexual assaults including one on a child under 13, one assault by penetration and one offence of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity. He was also found guilty of one common assault.

Hooper, formerly of Chilwell, denied the offences but was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court on 21 June after a nine-day trial and was sentenced today (10 August).

The sentencing comprises three 32-year sentences to run concurrently and a 10 year sentence to run consecutively.

He will only be eligible for parole after serving two thirds of the custodial sentence, he will be 86 at the end of his sentence.

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Judge Dickinson QC described Hooper as a highly dangerous offender, who showed a horrifying lack of knowledge, appreciation and remorse for his offences.

Detective Constable Hannah Frame, Public Protection, Nottinghamshire Police, who led the investigation, said: “This is the most horrific case of sexual abuse I’ve ever had to investigate and the length of the sentence is a reflection of the grave and serious nature of the offending.

“In effect he has given his victims a life sentence of the psychological impact these attacks have. It is only right that he is given a such a lengthy sentence too and I know his victims will take great comfort from that. The victims have shown bravery and patience throughout the investigation and I commend them for the way that they have handled themselves throughout.

“I hope this sentence also gives people confidence that Nottinghamshire Police is there to support victims of crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. We will investigate all reports of sexual abuse, even if they happened a long time ago, and will give survivors all the help they need.”