A former Brandon man who raped and sexually assaulted a teenager has been jailed for 20 years.
Peter Rubens, 62, was convicted by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court in December of six offences of rape, three of sexual activity with a child and one of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He had previously pleaded guilty to one offence of sexual activity with the girl between June 2008 and June 2010 and was found not guilty of one offence of indecent assault.
In addition to the 20 year sentence, Judge Martyn Levett today imposed a five year extension which means that Rubens, who would normally be released on licence after serving about half his sentence in custody, will have to wait a further five years before being allowed out.
Rubens, formerly of Elizabeth Road, Brandon, was told by Judge Levett that he must sign on the Sexual Offences Register indefinitely.
Judge Levett told Rubens that because of the seriousness of his offending and the age gap between him and his victim was so substantial only a lengthy prison sentence was appropriate.
During his trial, the prosecution accused Rubens of grooming the girl for sex and had gained “complete control” over her.
Prosecuting, Richard Burrington told the jury that Rubens had discouraged the girl from having boyfriends and had attempted to control her by buying presents for her.
Mr Burrington told the court that Rubens was arrested in June last year after the victim had confided in a friend about what had taken place.
When interviewed by police, Rubens had denied doing anything wrong.
Rubens claimed that the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had “made up” the allegations but could not explain why, the court heard.
In a series of letters written after his arrest, Rubens had attempted to persuade his sister to get the girl to withdraw the allegations, said Mr Burrington.
Rubens had also threatened the girl, saying he would get her into trouble for benefit fraud if she gave evidence against him.