A man who raped a girl when he was a teenager has been jailed for ten years.
Joshua Ashton, pictured, ‘forced himself’ on her, a court was told.
Ashton, 22, of Great Harwood, denied rape, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.
He was jailed at Burnley Crown Court this week.
Judge Jonathan Gibson said the victim gave ‘compelling’ evidence during a week-long trial and suffered ‘serious psychological harm’ as a result of the defendant’s actions.
He said: “You were convicted on what seemed to me to be compelling evidence.
“These offences are extremely serious.
“It seems to me the young lady did suffer significant psychological harm.”
The court previously heard that the victim was left ‘scared and confused’ and she had been too afraid to tell anyone about what had happened.
She eventually told family members about the attacks, leading to Ashton’s arrest and prosecution.
But during a police interview, Ashton ‘flatly denied’ any sexual contact with the complainant.
Ashton, of Albert Street, Great Harwood, was found guilty of rape.
David Ryan, defending, said the expectant father has a lack of maturity.
But he said the offences were ‘opportunistic’ rather than planned.
He added: “The defendant continues to deny these very serious offences but recognises that the only sentence is one of immediate and lengthy custody.”
Judge Gibson gave Ashton a sexual offences prevention order prohibiting him from contacting children under 16.
He was also barred from working with children and must sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.