A 51-year-old “babysitter” has been sentenced to spend the next 12 years of his life behind bars for raping and abusing a 16-year-old teenage victim, reports the U.K. Hull Daily Mail.
Colin Cooper, a British man from Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, England, was described as a “sadistic pedophile,” psychologically grooming and blackmailing his victim into keeping his vile acts quiet. The girl, who is now 20, said that Cooper controlled her life in “minute detail,” reading her texts and Facebook posts, taking away her bank card and threatening her with death if she went to the police.
On her 16th birthday, Cooper, a family friend, raped her, only stopping after he heard the girl’s parents coming home. The rape came about during a 5-year period of mental and physical abuse that started when the teen was only 15-years old.
Judge Robin Mairs told Cooper at his hearing: “You told her you loved her. You told her she was the special one. You have abused her trust in the vilest manner. You set about controlling her life… I have no doubt she was completely overborne by your will.”
Cooper was asked to stay with the girl to help her overcome her fear of the dark. He would visit with her when she was scared, and started the abuse subtly, touching her under the covers when the two would watch television. He told her one day they would marry and have a child together.
The abuser's actions made the teen victim physically sick. If she refused to give in, he would become angry. "Don't make me hit you,” or “if you tell I will kill myself,” he would allegedly say to her.
Judge Mairs said, “I am told there are occasions when she said 'yes.' This wasn't consent but mere subjugation brought about by the knowledge it would happen anyway. Her distress was blindingly obvious because she was physically sick. You carried on regardless.”
Cooper had previous convictions for animal cruelty. He has now been registered as a lifetime sex offender and will sit in prison for the next twelve years.
It’s unclear how this vile man, so ingrained into a pattern of exploitation of a young girl, could carry on such revolting abuse under the roof of the parent’s home. The victim and her parents wept open at the hearing as they relived the horror of the teen’s life.