A Lincoln man found guilty of raping a child has been jailed for 15 years.
37-year-old Darren Lewis denied a string of sexual offences on the young girl but was convicted after a three week trial at Lincoln Crown Court earlier this year.
Lewis, of Newland Street West, Lincoln, was also disqualified from working with children for life and was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which will restrict his lifestyle once he is released from prison.
Passing sentence, Judge Sean Morris told Lewis he made his victim give evidence against him and accused her of lying about what he had done.
The court heard Lewis still denied his offending.
He was convicted of eight sexual offences during 2009 and 2010 including rape.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, mitigating, told the court Lewis was a man of limited intelligence with no record of previous sexual offences.
“This defendant has no history of this sort of thing which is highly significant,” Mr Cranmer-Brown said.
“Nothing else was found or spoken of during the investigation to indicate he had behaved this way before.
“It appears on this occasion to be erratic offending.”
Mr Cranmer-Brown added: “Having seen him give evidence it is clear he is of limited intelligence.”
Judge Morris told Lewis that because of his lack of previous sexual convictions he could be sentenced to a normal jail term rather than being sentenced as a “dangerous” offender.
“The only mitigation here is the lack of previous sexual offences,” Judge Morris explained.
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