A member of Gloucestershire police’s child abuse investigation team has paid tribute to the ‘remarkable’ victims that helped bring a Cirencester rapist to justice.
Stephen Stuckle, of Melmore Gardens, was jailed for 20 years on Wednesday after pleading guilty to raping a teenager and sexually assaulting two girls.
A police investigation began in July 2019 after one victim reported what had happened to her.
A study into Stuckle’s past then uncovered two other victims.
Detective Inspector Nick Wheeler said: “There are not enough words to describe just what these remarkable women have been through – these women were subjected to unimaginable harm at the hands of Stuckle.
“I hope that now he is behind bars for a lengthy period of time, that this gives them some reassurance that they don’t have to look over their shoulder in the future.
“Throughout our entire investigation, they have shown immense strength and courage.
“I cannot thank them enough for working with us and giving evidence to ensure that Stuckle is jailed, and unable to cause harm to any more girls.
“Stuckle committed horrifying sexual attacks on vulnerable victims and his pattern of offending demonstrates he is clearly a threat to women and children.
“I am pleased to see justice has been served at court and that he will not have access to the general public for a very long time.”