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Nottingham man jailed for 24 years for five counts of rape and two further sex offences

The 45-year-old’s actions were finally exposed after one of the victims found the courage to tell a teacher what had been happening to her.

A sexual predator who repeatedly raped and sexually abused two teenage girls has been jailed for 24 years.

Mark Reap targeted the girls on multiple occasions between 2012 and 2018 at different addresses in Nottingham.

Reap, who attempted to cover up his offending by instructing his victims to remain silent and by buying them gifts, was arrested the following day in January 2019 and questioned by detectives.

Despite the existence of damning DNA evidence linking him to the scene of some of the offences he continued to deny that they happened and claimed both girls were making them up.

Appearing for the start of a trial at Nottingham Crown Court on 2 August he finally admitted what we had done and entered guilty pleas to seven separate offences – five counts of rape and two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Reap, formerly of Bath Street, Ilkeston, appeared at the same venue today (Friday) and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. He was also added to the sexual offenders’ register for life and was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order that will tightly control his behaviour once he is released.

Detective Inspector Craig Hall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Reap is a manipulative sex offender who repeatedly raped and sexually abused two young girls – causing them considerable physical and emotional pain.

“By failing to take responsibility for his actions and accusing his victims of lying he caused needless additional distress and has rightly been handed a very lengthy custodial sentence.

“Detectives in Nottinghamshire Police’s public protection teams work every day to investigate cases of rape and sexual abuse and it is thanks to their hard work and tenacity that people like Reap are held to account and their victims are offered the support they need. Had it not been for their very thorough investigation and attention to detail Reap my very well have evaded justice

“So if you have been the victim of sexual assault we want to hear from you. It doesn’t matter that an offence happened many years ago; what matters is that it happened at all.

“If you make an allegation we will listen carefully to you, we will investigate and we do everything we can to get justice for you.”

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