Man jailed for “appalling” sex abuse of young girl

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A man who carried out 
“appalling” sexual offences against a young girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Janis Raciks forced the girl to repeatedly perform sex acts on him, and threatened to drug her or hang himself if she did not comply.

He also falsely told the girl that he had drugged and sexually abused her .

The attacks only came to light some years later, when the victim confided in a family member last November.

Raciks, aged 40, of Poplar Court, Boothville, Northampton, admitted two charges of rape, and other charges of sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and sexual assault of a young girl.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, told the court the defendant moved to the UK from Latvia four years ago.

He said when the victim was first approached by Raciks, who smelt of alcohol, he told her that if she did not let him touch her, he would hang himself.

Mr Lowe said: “The matter progressed to the point where he got her to perform sex acts on him.

“At one point, he told her resistance would have been futile, as he had a drug which would have made her comply.

“He said if she did not allow him to do what he wanted, he would have used prostitutes,” Mr Lowe told the court.

Derek Johashen, mitigating, said: “He takes full responsibility for what he has done. It has already 
impacted heavily on his family.

“He expresses deep remorse. He understands he has a problem which needs to be addressed,” Mr Johashen added.

Sentencing Raciks, Recorder Nirmal Shant said: “This was the most appalling case.

“You carried out a sustained campaign of sexual abuse.

“It is plain you cajoled her into doing things by telling her you had done sexual things to her while she was drugged, and she may as well do it while she was 
conscious. You have probably done untold damage to her.”

Raciks will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.