A man who subjected a child to a sustained period of sexual abuse has been jailed.
Michael Brown appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 8 December where he was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison.
The 32-year-old of Buckingham Avenue, Great Boughton, Chester, had been found guilty of 12 sexual offences against a child.
During the five-day trial the court heard how the offences occurred between 2006 and 2008, starting when the victim was just four years old.
The victim told the jury that Brown repeatedly sexually abused her over the two-year period, this included sexual touching, rape and inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity.
The allegations were reported to Cheshire Police in December 2021 which resulted in Browns arrest and the subsequent charges against him.
Following the sentencing Detective Constable Emma Flanagan, who led the investigation, said:
“Firstly I would like to recognise the bravery and determination that the victim has shown throughout this investigation.
“What Brown subjected her to is truly horrifying, systematically abusing her over a number of years in order to fulfil his own sexual gratification.
“Not only that, but he also made his victim endure a trial and recount what he had done to her, which was extremely distressing. But thanks to her courage, he is now facing the consequences of his actions.
“The sentence handed to Brown reflects the severity of his crime and I hope that his conviction will encourage other victims to come forward.
“As this case demonstrates, we treat all reports of historic sexual offences seriously, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our main priority, and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”
In addition to his prison sentence, Brown has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.