Serial killer Rose West’s nephew, Steven Letts, was found guilty on Monday of abducting and raping a 12-year-old.
Steven Letts, 38, after taking her to his squalid apartment, plied his victim with cocaine and vodka before raping her after they met in the street and she asked him for a cigarette, a court heard.
Steven Letts, of Barton Street, Gloucester, pleaded not guilty to abducting the girl on March 6 and raping her between March 6 and 8.
He was found guilty of both counts at Gloucester Crown Court.
The girl was with her support worker at the time but went off with Steven Letts, who offered her cannabis, after the encounter in Gloucester city centre.
The support worker said she warned Letts the girl was underage.
The trial heard Letts and the girl went back to his flat to drink apple vodka and smoke cocaine through a pipe ‘to see how her body copes with it’, since it was her first time trying the class A drug.
A friend of Letts was there at the time, but told the court he left the flat after the child’s age was declared.
The rape was discovered as the girl asked a social worker ‘how long it’d take to find out if you are pregnant’.
The court heard Letts later kissed the girl in his kitchen where she reiterated her age, before she went to sleep in Letts’ bed.
The 38-year-old then climbed in and began ‘cuddling’ the child before initiating sex.
A statement from the girl said ‘it went from cuddling to just like too far’ and the sex lasted 30 minutes.
The court heard the sex ‘started to hurt’ the 12-year-old who wanted Letts to stop but felt guilty because he had provided alcohol and cocaine.
Letts was later arrested and police found DNA matching the girl inside his underwear.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC read the girl’s statement about events at Letts’ flat.
‘He kissed me and I said I cant do this because I’m only 15,’ it said.
‘He told me sad stories like a couple of months ago he tried to strangle himself.
‘I think he said that so that I’d feel bad and kiss him.
‘I did tell him I was 15 [instead of 12] because I thought I had more of a chance of getting drink and drugs.’
Letts claimed he believed the girl was 16 years old when they met.
Prosecutor Sarah Regan told Gloucester Crown Court last week that although the girl had consented to sex with Letts the act was classed as rape because she is under 13.
The prosecutor also previously told of the girl’s troubled history and a record of self-harming.