South Yorkshire sexual predator jailed for 10 years

Peter Fletcher, who subjected two young girls to a catalogue of horrifying abuse, has been jailed for ten years.
Peter Fletcher, who subjected two young girls to a catalogue of horrifying abuse, has been jailed for ten years.
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A sexual predator who subjected two young girls to a catalogue of horrifying abuse has been jailed.

One of Peter Fletcher’s victims today branded the 54-year-old an ‘absolute monster’.

Fletcher is serving a decade behind bars and must sign the sex offenders’ register for life after being found guilty of a string of perverted attacks over several years.

Other victims of sexual abuse are now being urged to come forward.

Fletcher, of Stubley Lane, Dronfield, started sexually abusing the girls in 2003.

He was charged last year with 13 offences including five sexual assault charges, four counts of gross indecency with a child under 14 and two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

Fletcher denied the charges but was found guilty by a jury at Derby Crown Court.

One of his victims, who must remain anonymous to protect her identity, has bravely spoken of her ordeal at the hands of fletcher.

She said she will be haunted forever by what he did – but refuses to allow her ordeal to ‘control’ her.

The victim said today: “He was controlling, manipulative, an absolute monster.

“He destroyed my confidence – I didn’t have a normal life.

“I’ll never forget what he did to me – it will always stay with me – but I won’t let it control me.”

She said now Fletcher was locked up he would not be able to harm anyone else – and she could now start to live her life.

The victim said: “I’m pleased justice has been done and he won’t be able to harm anyone else.

“Personally, I can now start to live the life I should have had.”

She added: “I’d urge other people who have or are going through what I’ve been through to tell the police.

“They will listen to you, they will be compassionate, they will support you.

“If this appeal helps just one person, it’ll be worth it.”

Detective Constable James Wall, of Derbyshire Police, led the investigation into Fletcher’s crimes.

He said: “The victims in this case were subjected to a catalogue of abuse over several years and it took a great deal of courage for them to come forward and tell us about it.

“The fact that they did so, together with the evidence they gave, has helped put a sexual predator behind bars for a lengthy period of time.

“Our dedication to bringing Fletcher to justice shows just how seriously we take this kind of offence.

“No matter how long ago the abuse took place, we will thoroughly investigate any complaint we receive and victims will be treated with the utmost seriousness and compassion.”

n Call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.