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Man jailed for six years for rape
A MAN with cerebral palsy has been jailed for six years for raping a woman with disabilities.
Teesside Crown Court heard how Leslie Walker, 49, of Daleville Close, Middlesbrough, attacked the woman in her own home.
Walker was found guilty at a trial of rape and assault by penetration.
Sentencing him to six years, Judge George Moorhouse told Leslie he had targetted a vulnerable woman with limited mobility.
He added: "These offences are so serious. The unwanted advances took place in the complainant's own home.
"I do accept that there was some consensual sexual activity between the two of you but you went too far."
Jamie Hill QC, mitigating, said his client was of previous good character.
Walker was told he must remain on the sex offenders' register for life once he was released from prison.
After the sentence, Detective Constable Iain Pearson, from Cleveland Police, said the crime had had a "massive impact" on the victim.
He added: “I hope that the sentence received by Leslie Walker is a clear message that those people who abuse the vulnerable people in our community will be dealt with robustly.
"I hope this case acts as an example to all those suffering from sexual abuse that Cleveland Police will take any report of sexual abuse extremely seriously and we would continue to encourage victims to report such incidents."