Teenager sent to prison for 16 years for raping schoolgirls and other sex offences

A 19-year-old from Pocklington has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars following a string of sex offences against two schoolgirls.

Michael Laverick from Denison Road in Pocklington was found guilty in October of this year following a trial at Hull Crown Court. Today he was jailed for each one of his crimes – sentences that will run concurrently.

They are listed below and also include offences related to drugs and violence:

  • Rape – 12 years 6 months (extended to 16 years)
  • Assault by Penetration – 6 years
  • Sexual Assault by Penetration – 5 years 6 months
  • Attempt Rape – 5 years 6 months
  • Sexual Assault – 1 year
  • Threats to Kill – 6 months
  • Supply Class A drugs – 6 months
  • Supply Class A drugs – 6 months
  • Breach of suspended sentence – 6 months.
  • Common Assault – 1 month

He is also subject to dangerous offender provisions. If Michael Laverick is released before the 16 year term is up, he will serve the remainder of the sentence on licence.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Fox from our protecting vulnerable people unit’s child sexual exploitation team said: “This investigation was a complex matter and relied heavily upon the bravery of the victims who came forward and stood up to Michael Laverick.

“The court heard how he was coercive and sinister, and about the danger he presented to vulnerable people.

“The court also heard about how the serious level of violent and sexualised offending affected the victims’ mental health in the long term.

“Not only did Laverick physically and sexually offend against children, he then attempted to intimidate his victims by threatening to cause serious harm. He told them that they wouldn’t be believed and it was their fault it had happened in the first place.

“Michael Laverick is a dangerous offender and he has received a substantial sentence which should protect the public for a significant period of time, especially those most vulnerable.

“The victims are very grateful that this ordeal is now over and they can look to repair the damage done by this dangerous offender knowing he is serving a lengthy sentence.

“DC Sarah Gladstone was the officer in the case in this investigation and she compliments how brave the victims were in coming forward, explaining exactly what happened along with how the horrific ordeal has had an effect on them.

“I hope this investigation should encourage other victims to come forward and make a stand against other offenders that have committed horrendous offences against them.

“It should also act as a deterrent against perpetrators and let them understand exactly what effect their actions have against victims and what potential sentence awaits them when convicted”.

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