Dog Trainer’s Horrific Abuse Campaign Against Baby Girl Gets 18 Years in Prison

A dog trainer has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the horrific abuse and rape of a young girl. Luke Riley looked shaky and petrified as he entered the dock at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday June 10 to receive his punishment.

Riley, who trains service dogs, has kept a terrible secret about the repeated abuse of the seven-to-10-year-old victim. Her victim impact statement revealed how she suffered from nightmares, panic attacks and struggling in crowded places.

Riley, 36, of Newcastle Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, was previously of good character. He was found guilty after a trial in April of two oral rapes and nine sexual assaults on her. His aggregate sentence was 18 years with a license extended for one year upon his release.

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A sexual abuse prevention order will be in effect for 19 years and he will sign the sex offender registry for the rest of his life. Judge Rosalind Coe QC said the 11 counts represented an element of progression of the offence, starting with the kiss, performing a sexual act on him and touching him, and the two oral rapes.

She brought up the details of one of the rapes where he held the girl’s nose so she couldn’t breathe when she refused to do what he wanted. Riley continues to deny the offenses, continues to blame the victim and, therefore, shows no remorse, the judge added.

She read references from Riley’s friends, family and neighbors who told her a different side to what came out during her trial. “Someone who is able to show care, work on behalf of others and particularly refer to your work with training dogs helping people,” Judge Coe said. “You don’t accept the verdicts of the jury.”

Steven Gosnell, defending, said Riley was a father of three children and, prior to this offense, a man of good character. “You know of his work training dogs that help people. You saw one of the dogs at the trial. There’s no doubt he’s had a lot of success in his life. He maintains his innocence .”

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