Rapist who sexually assaulted girl from age two handed jail term

Dean Burnett began sexually assaulting the child when she was a toddler.

Rapist Dean Burnett from Ellon who sexually assaulted young girl from the age of two jailed iStock

A rapist who sexually abused a young girl from the age of two has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Dean Burnett targeted the child for sexual assaults before she eventually revealed his conduct to adults.

A judge told the first offender at the High Court in Edinburgh that because of the serious nature of the offending and the length of time it occurred over, only a prison sentence was the appropriate disposal.

Lady Haldane said he would have faced a seven year jail term but the period of custody would be reduced following his early guilty plea.

Burnett, 23, from Ellon, in Aberdeenshire, had earlier admitted sexually assaulting and raping the girl on various occasions between December 2016 and April last year at addresses in Aberdeenshire.

The judge also ordered that Burnett should be placed under supervision for a further three-year period.

Lady Haldane told him that he would be on licence during that time and if he breached its conditions he could be returned to prison.

Defence counsel David Moggach said unemployed Burnett had led “a very isolated lifestyle”.

He said that when Burnett accepted he had been “doing things” to the girl he went on to state that he was “truly sorry”.

Burnett, who followed the sentencing proceedings via a live link to prison, was told he will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Lady Haldane said his name has been added to a list of persons who are deemed to be unsuitable to work with vulnerable groups.

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