A Morley man who raped a young girl during three years of sexual abuse has been jailed for eight years.
Paul Richards, 45, preyed on the youngster when she was aged between nine and 11 years old, Leeds Crown Court heard.
The offences were committed during the 1990s when Richards, of Margaret Close, Morley, was in his 20s.
Leeds Crown Court was told the offences came to light last year when the victim reported Richards to the police through fear he may target other youngsters.
Richards pleaded guilty to three offences of rape, three of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault.
He was also ordered to go on the sex offenders list for life when he was sentenced.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told him: “I have read the profound effect that your offending has had upon her life.
“She has carried this for many years, feeling guilty about what happened between you when she bore absolutely no responsibility for it.
“This campaign of sexual abuse is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”
Charles Blatchford, mitigating, described the case as “tragic”.
He said Richards was sorry for what he had done and had pleaded guilty at an early stage after he was charged with the offence.
The barrister added that Richards still had the support of his family but accepted that he must be punished for what he had done.
Det Chief Insp Gail Lawrie, of Operation Topaz, West Yorkshire Police’s dedicated rape investigation unit, said: “Richards carried out repeated sexual offences against a young and vulnerable victim.
“She has been extremely courageous in coming forward and speaking out.
“We take reports of this nature very seriously and have specially trained officers who will work with victims to bring the matter before the courts where those responsible will face the consequences of their actions, just as Richards has.”