A man will spend 18 years behind bars after being found guilty of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against a girl which started when she was just five years old.
Terry Dennis Judd, 37, DOB 26/7/1985, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (28 September), after being found guilty of 12 counts of rape of a child under 13 and one count of assault by penetration of a child under 13, following the conclusion of his trial on 21 June.
As well as the 18-year prison sentence, court orders have been put in place to protect the public upon his future release.
Judd also pleaded guilty to a further count of rape of a child under 13 at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how the survivor was just five years old when Judd began sexually abusing her.
The survivor came forward and told her mother about the sexual abuse she was suffering in July 2022. Her mother reported the allegations to police and Judd was arrested the following day.
Detective Constable Kiki Phillips, who investigated the case, said: “Firstly, I want to recognise the survivor’s strength of character and resilience throughout the investigation and court proceedings.
“She was under 10 years old when she summoned the courage to make a disclosure of the abuse she had suffered by Judd. Her bravery in giving such detailed evidence ensured Judd was sent to prison, unable to cause any further harm to children.
“Judd used his position of trust to groom the survivor over a span of several years, resulting in abhorrent systematic abuse that cannot be condoned.
“Now that he is in prison, I hope the survivor’s family will be able to move forward from this tremendously difficult period and that the survivor herself will fulfil her true potential in achieving all of her ambitions without Judd and his previous actions holding her back.”