A sexual predator who subjected two young girls to a catalogue of horrifying abuse has been jailed.
One of Peter Fletcher’s victims this week described the 54-year-old as an “absolute monster”.
Our dedication to bringing Fletcher to justice shows just how seriously we take this kind of offence.Detective Constable James Wall of Derbyshire police
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.
Speaking to the Derbyshire Times on condition of anonymity, one of his victims said: “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.
“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.”
The victim 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.”
Call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.