The Larnaca Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced a 47-year-old man to 10 years in prison for raping an underage girl while living with her mother around six years ago.
The defendant, of Greek origin, was jailed for rape, corrupting a young woman between the age of 13 and 17, and sexual exploitation of a child.
According to a court statement, the offences took place in the Larnaca district between 2010 and 2011, while the defendant lived with the mother of the girl, who was 15 at the time.
“In the case in question, the defendant’s actions have caused revulsion and disgust of the highest degree,” the court said.
Exploiting the ability of contact with the plaintiff, living with her as her mother’s partner, and abusing the position of influence he held over the child, who had never met her father and for that reason she initially perceived his actions as paternal, for around eight months he engaged in “behaviour that reduced him to a lower level than a human being,” the court said.
“He did not hesitate to exploit the plaintiff, 15, sexually, initially harassing her and eventually raping her, using her as an object for satisfying his sexual appetite.”
“As the partner of the complainant’s mother, and assuming the role of father, instead of becoming her guardian, he exploited her to satisfy his sexual instincts,” the court said.
The court stressed that “those who rape and sexually exploit underage children will face the strictness of the court.”