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A man from Southend has been jailed for 14 years for raping and sexually abusing a girl.
Jeffrey Ogles 43, was convicted on all six charges of rape and sexual assault over a three year period between 2006 and 2009.
Detective Sergeant Claire Talbot from Essex Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Team said: "I would like to praise the victim of these appalling crimes. She found the courage to report the crimes in the first instance, and then remained strong throughout the investigation.
"Her evidence in court was compelling, and Ogles was unanimously convicted of all the offences. Highly trained detectives supported her throughout, and their hard work and determination ensured this man was brought to justice.
"The sentence reflects the severity of his actions. I would urge anyone in a similar position to contact the police as your report will be taken seriously and you will be fully supported by specialist officers."