A violent sex offender who raped and strangled one teenager in Derbyshire and another in South Yorkshire after meeting them on dating app Tinder has been jailed for 17 years.
Pervert Christopher Hartley, 22, drove one of his 18-year-old victims to an isolated area in Holmesfield, on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District.
She feared for her life as he held her by the neck and raped her in the car.
Hartley was also found guilty of a second attack on a 16-year-old girl near his home in Adwick-Le-Street, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
He took the victim to a remote location and asked her to have sex with him. When she refused, he got her in a headlock and squeezed her neck before raping her.
By pleading not guilty, Hartley’s victims had to give evidence in court and recount their horrific ordeals.
Following an eight-day trial in November, Hartley was found guilty seven offences in total, including rape, sexual assault and attempted strangulation to commit rape.
On Monday, December 7, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison, with an extended licence period of four years, and will have to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in prison.
He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, and lifelong restraining orders have been put in place to protect both victims, whose identities are protected by law.
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DC Marie Lewis, who investigated the attack carried out by Hartley in Derbyshire, said: “The two young women in this case have shown incredible strength of character during the investigation and subsequent court case.
“In the face of Hartley’s denial, they showed real bravery to ensure that he was brought to justice and I cannot commend them highly enough.
“Their actions have also, and I have no doubt about this, saved other young women from being attacked by Hartley.
“He poses a serious danger to the public and I hope it comes as some reassurance that he will be behind bars for a substantial period of time.”
If you are a victim or survivor of rape or sexual assault please visit the Derbyshire Police website for support.