A 29-year-old man who filmed himself raping a woman after a night out with friends, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Paul Rodgers denied the charge of rape, which is alleged to have happened at an address in Leicestershire.
The court heard the woman, who had consumed a large amount of alcohol, thought she was having sex with a man she wanted a relationship with, not the accused.
Following a trial at Leicester Crown Court this week, Rodgers was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of assault by penetration.
The investigating officer in the case, DC Kasie Carter, said: “The defendant took advantage of the victim, after she’d been out for the evening with friends.”
“The victim has remained strong throughout the police investigation and the court process, and it’s due to her courage that’s lead to this conviction.”
“She came forward and made the report very quickly, which enabled us to gain vital evidence, allowing us to carry out a thorough and detailed investigation.”
Rodgers has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Last year, Leicestershire Police launched its ‘All Is Not Lost’ campaign, aiming to raise greater awareness of rape as a crime, to encourage those who have been a victim to report early and to retain evidence and to dispel myths and preconceptions around victims and perpetrators.