August 2022

Child rapist jailed for 24 years

A ‘devious and controlling’ sex offender who repeatedly raped and abused a schoolgirl has been jailed for 24 years.

Ian Linley, 46, was finally exposed when his now adult victim reported years of physical and sexual abuse to the police.

Detectives in Nottinghamshire Police’s Public Protection department opened an investigation and brought Linley in for questioning.

He initially denied all the allegations against him and accused his victim of making them up.

After he was confronted with damning DNA and video evidence, he later pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child and one of making indecent photographs of a child.

He denied multiple additional charges but was yesterday (Thursday) found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of six counts of rape, child cruelty and causing a child to watch a sexual act.

Linley, formerly of Eastwood, was sentenced immediately and will not be released until he is deemed to no longer pose a threat to the public.

He will remain on licence for the rest of his life – meaning he can be recalled to prison at any point.