SAGE AND ONION

Rochester man Martin Sage jailed for rape and child sex offences

05 September 2016
by Chris Hunter
A Rochester man who groomed a child he met on an online Playstation game and went on to repeatedly rape her has been sentenced.
Martin Sage, 44, was found guilty at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, of raping a female under 16.
At a previous hearing Sage pleaded guilty to 13 other child sex exploitation offences against the same victim.

Martin Sage has been jailed for rape and child sex offences

He has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison and placed on a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.
Greater
Manchester Police says Sage made contact with the victim via an online
PlayStation game in 2011, when the victim was aged 13.
He
continued to communicate with her and by deploying tactics of affection,
persistence and control groomed her until she eventually agreed to meet
him.

“He dominated her life for over
two years during a campaign of controlled abuse with a significant
degree of planning. He did not allow her to a normal teenager” – DC
Rochelle Evans

During the meeting he raped the victim
despite knowing her age, and continued to exploit and manipulate her to
satisfy his own sexual needs and desires until she was 15 years old.
Detective
Constable Rochelle Evans said: “I would like to pay tribute to the
victim for having the bravery to report this matter to the police and
give evidence at the trial.
“I hope this result has repaid her
confidence placed in the authorities and provides her with some justice
when coming to terms with these horrible crimes.
“Martin Sage
knew full well how old the victim was and that what he was doing was
wrong. It was heard in court that he dominated her life for over two
years during a campaign of controlled abuse with a significant degree of
planning. He did not allow her to a normal teenager.
“Through
the control he had over her, he stopped her socialising with friends and
family to the point where she became reclusive.
“The abuse has
had a massive impact on her life at a time when she was at a vulnerable
age and still developing as a person, and some of the effects will be
long-lasting. In her words he has ruined her life.
“He has never taken any responsibility for his actions and has shown no remorse for his crimes.
“Child
sexual exploitation takes place in many forms. In this case the victim
was targeted and identified through online gaming whilst in the safety
of her own home. It is worthwhile for parents to take interest of the
contact young people have with others on the internet.”
Police advice visiting the It’s Not Okay website
for information for children, young people, parents, carers and
professionals on how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and
what to do about it.

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