Man in jail after recording his sexual assaults on a sleeping girl

A man has been jailed for 34 years for filming himself as he raped and sexually assaulted a sleeping 17-year-old girl a dozen times.

Daniel Curtis, 39, has been slapped with a 34-year cumulative jail sentence for filming himself raping and performing various sexual acts on a teenage girl as she slept.

Curtis was a guest at the victim’s home on 11 occasions and would sneak into her late at night.

In the disturbing videos, the rapist recorded himself with his penis in the sleeping girl’s mouth. On a different occasion, he used her hand to masturbate himself.

Police in Brighton and Hove were tipped off about his activities when someone spotted extreme porn involving underage girls on his phone.

Upon confiscating his phone, police found both images and videos of various sexual assaults performed on the victim over a period of five months in 2019. There were also images of sleeping children on the phone—children who were known to him.

Lifelong psychological damage

The court heard that in one of the images with the victim, a third arm could be seen but the suspect insisted he acted alone.

Passing judgment on the case at Hove Crown court on Friday, Judge Stuart Trimmer said:

The offences you have pleaded guilty to are of enormous seriousness, having the effect of probably lifelong damage to the victim who will certainly find it very difficult to trust people again—even close friends...
It will cause her to find considerable difficulty in forming relationships herself because she’s had to go through the investigation of a particularly nasty sexual incident.

Concurrent jail terms

Prosecution told the court that Curtis had accepted he had filmed the videos, but would not say any more about the context. There was no evidence they had been distributed.

Three of the incidents were charged as rape, and Curtis was sentenced to eight years each for two of those, to run concurrently.

He would also serve two years each for the other nine offences. He was put on the sex offenders register and given a sexual harm prevention order, both for an indeterminate amount of time.

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