Bootle man jailed for abusing girl in Kent
A man has been jailed for carrying out a "campaign of sexual abuse" on a four-year-old girl over a two-and-a-half year period in Kent.
Kevin Duffy, of Trinity Road, Bootle, Merseyside, was sentenced to 12 years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court for abusing the girl in the Gravesend area.
He was found guilty of seven offences following an earlier trial.
Kent Police described the 36-year-old as an "evil man who preyed on this young girl" between 1997 to 2001.
Duffy will also have to sign the sex offenders register for life.
He was arrested in Merseyside last November and charged in January 2011.
Det Con Naomi Moore said: "Duffy is an evil man who preyed on this young girl for more than two years for his own sexual gratification.
"He committed a sustained campaign of abuse on the girl, who was only four years old.
'Commended for her courage'
"Duffy repeatedly and regularly sexually assaulted her without a thought for the harm and suffering he was causing.
"The success of this investigation would not have been possible without her bravery and she should be commended for her courage in coming forward to report these crimes.
"I hope the sentence imposed today will allow the victim to continue to rebuild her life, knowing that this man will remain in prison for some time."
Duffy was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and four charges of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 following a trial in September.