Northamptonshire man charged with rape of a 13-year-old girl

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A Northamptonshire man has been charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Steven Kightley, aged 42, of Stamford Walk, Corby, has been charged following his arrest on Monday, March 23.

He is currently on bail and is due to appear at Kettering Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 22 April.

The arrest was made by officers working for Northamptonshire Police’s Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team

Detective Inspector Richard Tompkins from the force’s CSE team said: “This was a prolonged investigation carried out by a specialist team of officers.

“Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a priority for Northamptonshire Police.

“CSE is often hidden from view and going unnoticed. Vulnerable young girls and boys are groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatised and scarred for life.

“Any young person regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity and sexuality can be at risk of being sexually exploited.”