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Wakefield predator behind bars after abusing little girl

A Wakefield predator has been jailed after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.

Ben Cooper, 33, was jailed for eight years after he was convicted at a trial at Leeds Crown Court in June of two counts of penetration and one count of sexual touching.

The court heard Cooper attacked the young girl at an address in Castleford in April 2022, and the offences were reported to police after a family member disclosed what had happened in October last year.

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Cooper, of Ken Churchill Drive in Horbury, was arrested soon after and charged. Detective Sergeant Will Denton, of Wakefield District Safeguarding Unit, who led the investigation, said: “We welcome the sentencing handed to Cooper, who showed no remorse throughout a difficult and emotional trial for all concerned.

“There can be no doubt he is a risk to children and deserves to be behind bars. I hope this result will encourage any other victims of sexual abuse to engage with our specially trained officers who treat all reports seriously and sensitively and work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice.”

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