[A] MAN who raped a 13-year-old boy has been sent to prison for eight years.
Vincent Joseph Hudson, 55, had denied the historic sex attack on the teenager.
But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court in April he was convicted of the crime on the majority verdict of a jury.
Hudson drugged his young victim, who woke in darkness to find he had been raped.
The boy was said to have been “absolutely tormented” later in his life by the attack. He forced himself to believe it had not even happened before eventually telling his mother what had occurred.
Hudson, of Loweswater Avenue, Whitehaven, was sentenced at the crown court today (MON) by Recorder Michael Murray.
The judge told him: “This is clearly serious offending and only immediate custody is appropriate.”
It was confirmed during the sentencing hearing that Hudson’s name will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Detective Constable Hayley Carson said: “Justice has been served today thanks to the bravery and strength of the victim in being able to tell the story of what happened to him at the hands of Hudson.
“The attack occurred more than 15 years ago but continues to have a detrimental effect on the victim’s life. The actions of offenders like Hudson leave long lasting effects on their victims – vulnerable, innocent children. I hope that today’s sentence helps the victim in this case to move forward and regain some normality in life.
“It also serves as a warning to anyone else who thinks they can get away with such offences. Cumbria Constabulary will not stop in its drive to bring offenders to justice and I hope this outcome will help to encourage victims of serious sexual offences to have the confidence to come forward and report it, no matter how long ago the offence took place.”
If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.
If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.