A man from Easingwold was sentenced to 11 years in prison today after raping two women in attacks several years apart.
Alexander Philip Rowley, 26, had repeatedly denied the crime, claiming instead that his victims were lying.
However, following a recent trial, a jury found him guilty of double rape and was sentenced to 11 years in prison today.
Rowley’s victims, both young women, had been targeted in two separate attacks on residential addresses in North Yorkshire in recent years.
Sentenced today by a Hull Crown Court judge, he will be listed on the sex offender registry for life after his release.
Detective Constable Gillian Gowling, who led the North Yorkshire Police investigation, applauded his victims’ courage to share their harrowing experiences following today’s conviction. She said, “Both of Rowley’s victims showed great courage and tenacity in reaching out and working with us, especially given the constant denial of Rowley’s incidents.”
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“While this is never easy for the victims, I hope that today’s condemnation provides them with some degree of closure. It also removes a sex offender from our communities, making sure no one else is harmed. “
DC Gowling also urged anyone who believed they had been raped or sexually abused to seek support and advice, no matter how long ago the crime was committed.
She said, “Regardless of how long it has been, there are counseling services out there to help people explore their options, which may include law enforcement or emotional and practical support, or a combination of all of the above.”
These decisions are always made by victims, so I want to make sure people know what help is available to them. “
You can call the North Yorkshire Police on 101 (choose option 1) for assistance, advice, guidance, and report a crime even if you are unsure whether it is a crime.
There are also a number of non-police support services for victims. Find out more here.
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