Jailed: Child rapist who preyed on girl, 10, while staying with family in Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 05 October 2018

Westminster Magistrates' Court. Picture: Rick Findler/PA

Westminster Magistrates' Court. Picture: Rick Findler/PA

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A child rapist who preyed on a 10-year-old girl while her mother slept in the room next door was jailed for nearly a decade today (Friday).

John Carrasco Lopez, 25, was found out when the mother asked about her daughter’s bleeding and stomach cramps, and called police.

He committed the “despicable act” on April 15 while staying with the victim’s family in Tower Hamlets, police said.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how Lopez was watching television in the sitting room that evening while the 10-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, played with her dolls.

Lopez, an Ecuadorian national, then took the girl on the sofa and raped her.

He was sentenced to eight years and one month behind bars with an extended year on licence, given a sexual harm prevention order and will be deported to his home country after pleading guilty to one count of raping a girl under the age of 16 years on August 13.

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