July 2008

Child rapist is jailed

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of raping two young girls.

Christopher Richard Hooper, formerly of Arkwright Close, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, July 3 accused of two counts of rape, nine counts of indecent assault, two counts of sexual touching and one count of sexual activity with a child.

The 47-year-old was found guilty of nine charges including rape, indecent assault and sexual touching of two girls under the age of 13 between February 2000 and May 2005.

Addressing the jury Judge Henshell said: “Hooper has admitted that he felt sexually attracted to one of the girls more than the other and that it was one of his fantasies to watch two girls having sex.

“When he gave evidence Hooper said that he never raped the two girls he would just make suggestions to one of them.”

The two girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both gave evidence at the trial.

One of the victims said: “When he was having sex with me it hurt so much, but I couldn’t get him off me. I was scared and he over powered me.”

Hooper was also made to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and banned from working with children.