A child rapist who took his victim to Burger King ‘as a treat’ after his sickening abuse will spend at least a decade behind bars.

John Weller, 36, who was last month found guilty of 11 counts of sexually abusing the underage girl, was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court this morning.

Judge Nigel Daly ordered the Oxford man serve an extended year on licence as a ‘sexual offender of particular concern’.

He will be on the sex offender register for the rest of his life, a restraining order prevents him from contacting his victim or her family members and he must abide by an indefinite sexual harm prevention order limiting his contact with children.

Welcoming the sentence, officer in the case Det Con Sophie Holliss said Weller was ‘not fit to be in society’.

“I am satisfied that Weller has been put behind bars for his actions,” she said.

“He has never admitted to what he had done and put the victim through the painful ordeal of a criminal trial. Weller is quite clearly not fit to be within society and thankfully will no longer be a risk to others.

“I would like to particularly thank the victim for their bravery in coming forward to report this and having the courage to stand up to their abuser.”

During the trial, jurors heard how Weller subjected his child victim to a catalogue of horrific abuse.

After molesting her, he would say she could get herself a can of coke. He was also said to have taken her to Burger King as a ‘treat’.

She told a teacher at her school of the abuse after she was caught truanting. The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, later gave a number of interviews to specialist detectives.

Weller, formerly of Oxford Road, Kidlington, denied sexually abusing the girl. The jury took less than a day to convict him of all 11 charges, including rape and sexual assault.

Det Con Holliss added of the case: “I hope this shows how seriously Thames Valley Police takes reports of sexual abuse and we will treat victims sensitively and bring offenders to justice.

“We would encourage victims of sexual abuse to please report to us on 101, or if you are in immediate danger on 999.”


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