August 2023

Man jailed for raping 12-year-old girl in Wiltshire

A man faces several years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of raping a child under 13.

Dennis Rocha, 18, of Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, was sentenced at a hearing at Swindon Crown Court 

On April 8 this year, Rocha added the victim, who was aged 12 at the time, on social media.

He initiated a conversation and, despite knowing the victim was underage, turned the conversation sexual and arranged to pick her up in Wiltshire the following day. A sexual encounter has then taken place.

The victim subsequently told her mother, who reported it to the Force, and Rocha was swiftly arrested, charged and remanded in custody.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of raping a child under 13 and was given a sentence of six years and eight months today.

A one-year licence extension period was also imposed, and Rocha will also be subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register on release.