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Bodybuilder jailed over sexual abuse of girl, 4

Jenev Varghese Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption Jenev Varghese was jailed and placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely

A former championship body builder has been jailed for sexually abusing a four-year-old girl.

Jenev Varghese, 33, of Dallow Road, Luton, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court of two counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

During the trial the jury heard how he threatened to kill her family if she spoke out, police said.

He was jailed for 12 years with a one year extension and placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

'Severe sentence'

Det Con Samantha Shane, of the Bedfordshire Police Public Protection Unit, said: "Varghese took advantage and abused his incredibly young victim in the worst way possible.

"It is impossible to comprehend the abuse that this child suffered, but I hope that her and her family are now able to move on from this awful experience.

"I'm really pleased with the severe sentence today and I hope it sends a stark warning to others who think they can abuse children and get away with it."

Varghese was also handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further notice, and a restraining order was put in place banning contact with the victim also until further notice.

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