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DJ who raped three-year-old boy in club toilet jailed for 9 years

A DJ who raped a three-year-old boy and continued to abuse him for several years has been jailed for nine years.

Ryan English, 22, was 15 when he targeted and raped the three-year-old in a toilet cubicle of a working men’s club.

He repeatedly sexually abused the boy over a number of years, taking away any ‘semblance of a normal childhood’ from him.

Ryan English was caged for nine years for the horrific abuse he put his victims through (Picture: SWNS)

During sentencing at Leeds Crown Court, Recorder Abdul Iqbal QC called the offences ‘shameless and cruel’.

The victim’s mother described how her boy had suffered nightmares and was left severely traumatised by the abuse.

In a victim impact statement, she said: ‘He is an anxious, self-conscious and angry boy.’

English had also targeted another victim in 2017, in the toilets of a different working men’s club, where he was the DJ at a fifth birthday party.

The 22-year-old exposed himself and performed an indecent act in front of the child, the court heard.

English was arrested when the appalling crime was reported to bar staff and police were contacted.

After he was released on bail he downloaded sickening videos on his mobile phone of children being raped, prosecutor Louise Reevell told the court on Thursday.

Recorder Iqbal said English had taken away any ‘semblance of a normal childhood’ from the three-year-old (Picture: PA Archive)

Investigations revealed he had also been in contact with someone via WhatsApp requesting indecent images of children to be sent to him.

Recorder Iqbal said: ‘They were crimes committed over a number of years against a young vulnerable boy.

‘All of this was done to satisfy your sexual cravings in relation to young boys.

‘You took away any semblance of a normal, happy childhood from that victim.’

Detective Inspector Vanessa Rolfe of West Yorkshire Police said the fact English put his victims and their families through a trial ‘only compounds the harm he has inflicted.’

She added: ‘I hope they may take some closure from seeing a dangerous man jailed for what he has done to them.’

English was convicted of three offences of rape, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and three offences of making indecent images of a child.

He was jailed for nine years on Thursday.

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