Unnatural, twisted, and obsessive: Pharmacist Jeremy Oketch jailed for 15 years for filming himself rape toddler
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Manchester Crown Court heard that behind an ‘educated and plausible’ facade, evil Jeremy Oketch hid a ‘deeply unnatural, twisted and obsessive sexual interest in very young children’.
Oketch, of Whalley Range, studied pharmacy in Manchester before being employed as an assistant at a branch of the Everest chain in the city.
He has now been jailed for 15 years and told he will not be released until the Parole Board consider it safe to do so.
He will remain on licence until 2038, after admitting two sex assaults and two rapes, dating back to December 2013.
After winning the trust of the child’s mother, he took Viagra and raped her when he was supposed to be looking after her.
The child’s eerily silent and ‘compliant’ demeanour throughout the footage – described as ‘exceptionally graphic’ by the judge – has sparked suspicions she was groomed and doped with drugs Oketch had access to at work.
Five months after the December 2013 attack, Oketch asked to babysit the child again and subjected her to an even worse ordeal.
He then transferred the footage to a hard drive as a sick trophy.
On July 19 last year, weeks after the second attack, his then partner made the shocking discovery and called the police.
Prosecutor Iain Simkin said: “She stated in that call she had found video of her partner molesting a child – she was distressed and scared.
“She described how he had been in a long-term relationship with him for four years and had cause to consider whether the defendant had been unfaithful to her.
"There had been previous incidents where he had recorded himself having sexual intercourse with other women.
“She went on to check a suitcase hidden on top of the defendant’s wardrobe. Within that there were two hard drives found.
"She viewed the footage and that point discovered that the defendant had been abusing the little girl. She heard a voice say at one point, ‘I need to go to the toilet.’”
Viewing the ‘grotesque’ and ‘horrific’ footage, which lasts fifty minutes, was a ‘difficult and distressing experience’ for even the experienced officers in the case, the court heard.
Prosecutor Iain Simkin added: “There’s a degree of criminality which appears on the DVD which could form more counts than appear, (but) we had to think carefully whether or not a jury could be subjected to (that) sort of video.”.
Mr Simkin said prosecutors had made efforts to see ‘whether it could be proved drugs had been administered’ as a result of how she appeared in the footage but were unable to prove it.
Remorseless Oketch, who the court heard had been ‘stressed’ by delays in his case, gave an account of his behaviour to probation officers after his guilty pleas, even telling them that he ‘didn’t need Viagra the second time’.
The child, who is not related to Oketch, has since shown signs of severe psychological trauma.
Her foster carer told court: “I hate to think what the long term effect will be.
"I only hope due to her age and the passage of time she is able to forget the abuse she has suffered.
"I worry how deeply ingrained the abuse is on her, I worry what the future will hold for her.”
Sentencing, Judge Hilary Manley described Oketch’s behaviour as ‘grotesque, lengthy, horrific, determined, calculated, prolonged and repeated assaults’.
“Most disturbingly of all, it reflects a very high level of control by you over the child, and her submission”, the judge told him.
“Its difficult to comprehend how a child of extreme youth could remain compliant. I’m told she is too young for tests to be carried out on her hair for the presence of the drugs.
“Her almost total silence throughout all of this is the most marked and grotesque aspect.
"You moved her around in different positions as though she were a doll rather than a human child.
“Your offence was only discovered because of suspicions of an entirely blameless woman.”
"Having viewed the footage I take the view this is no need at all for expert evidence as to the overwhelming likely effect of this grave offending on such a young child.
"You present as a plausible and educated individual and you exploited that to your advantage. I note little evidence of remorse.”
Branding him a danger to the public, she added; “You have a deeply unnatural, twisted and obsessive sexual interest in very young children.”