Thug attacked teenage girls he met on Tinder and raped them during horror dates

A man from Doncaster, who raped and strangled two teenage girls he had met on a dating app, has been sentenced to 17 years in jail.

Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:59 pm

Christopher Hartley, 22, of HMP Doncaster met the girls on Tinder before taking them to isolated locations and, in separate incidents, used violence to gain power and control over them.

The victims - aged 16 and 18 - had both feared they would die during the terrifying attacks.

The first attack occurred in June 2018, when Hartley asked his 16-year-old victim to join him on a dog walk near his home in Adwick-Le-Street, Doncaster. While in a remote area, Hartley asked the victim to have sex with him. When she refused, he got her in a headlock and squeezed her neck hard before raping her.

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Hartley, of HMP Doncaster , was found guilty of seven offences including rape, sexual assault and attempt strangulation to commit rape following an eight-day trial in November.

In the second attack, in June 2019, Hartley picked up the 18-year-old victim in his car and drove her to an isolated area in Derbyshire. He then raped her in the car while holding her around the neck and pushing her around.

The sex offender was found guilty of seven offences including rape, sexual assault and attempt strangulation to commit rape following an eight-day trial in November.

Yesterday (December 7), he was sentenced to 17 years in prison, with an extended licence period of four years. He will be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life, and lifelong restraining orders have been put in place to protect both victims.

Investigating officer DC Kath Coulter said: "Hartley is a serious danger to young women and I am pleased he has received a significant custodial sentence for these utterly horrific attacks.

"Both victims were present in court to see justice being done. They have shown incredible courage and dignity throughout this investigation and I would like to thank them for the support they have given to the investigation."

DC Coulter added both victims had asked for him to issue a reminder to anyone using dating apps to make sure they take measures to stay safe.

"Get to know somebody before you meet them, tell a friend or family member where you are going, and if something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and leave.

"In an emergency, call us on 999 and we will respond immediately,” he said.