A child sex offender who raped a girl in Swale has been jailed for 18 years.
Gary Hoyles committed the offences between 2011 and 2017 and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 28 June 2019.
The 50-year-old, formerly of The Street in Willesborough, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and a further five counts of sexual activity with a child.
Detective Sergeant Mandy Poulter, from Kent Police, said: ‘Hoyles is a cruel and depraved offender who subjected a young girl to horrendous sexual abuse.
‘It took an incredible amount of courage for the victim to not only report this matter to us but face him again in court.
‘While nothing can undo the harm caused to her, I hope she can take some comfort from the fact her bravery has resulted in an extremely dangerous and perverse offender being jailed for a substantial amount of time.
‘I also hope that victims of non-recent sexual abuse, who may feel anxious about reporting being offences committed against them, can look at this result and gain confidence about contacting us for support.’